2014-10-30 08:08:48 by Dr. Joe Congeni - Director of Sports Medicine, as posted on the inside.akronchildrens.org blog.
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In a recently released study, I was thrilled to see there are significant advantages for young women who play sports. Not only does exercise improve a young woman's health, but it also prepares her for victory in the future.
Yesterday, I had the chance to speak with WAKR morning show host Ray Horner about the positive outcomes this study revealed. However, there was one cause for concern. It pointed out many young women quit sports around age 14, about the time they enter high school.
Below is an audio file and transcript of our discussion. Originally aired on 1590 WAKR-AM on Oct. 29, 2014.
HORNER: We're bringing in our good friend, Dr. Joe Congeni from Sports Medicine Center
at Akron Children's Hospital. Joe, what do you have for us today?
DR. CONGENI: Hey, Ray. I wanted to, first of all, not let the moment get by, I wanted to just mention and put my voice with others ... what a huge loss it was of Coach Peters. A giant in basketball circles, local person, who, uh, sat at the right hand of Coach Huggins at Cincinnati and Coach Matta at OSU and most recently with Coach Dambrot here at Akron.
Dr. Joe Congeni
What a giant he was in the field of basketball and being from our area, being from Canton, Ohio, he was a great man and I got to know Coach Peters pretty well. So, it's a big loss for us in the sports community.
DR. CONGENI: But, I wanted to talk today about a study that came out recently about the 4 very significant benefits of exercise and why sports are so great for your young daughters, for young women that play sports.
This study looked at:
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And so ... just being active and being involved in sports significant benefits that are out there.
One thing, though, that is a concern to me, Ray, that also this study brought out is there has been in the last 5 to 10 years a lot more young women and girls who quit sports at about age 14, which is the age where they go into high school.
So, that is a little bit of a red flag. We have to do a better job to keep young women involved in sports because there are so many benefits when they do stay involved.
HORNER: Alright, Joe, great information again. Thanks as always, appreciate you fitting us into your schedule.
DR. CONGENI: Thanks, Ray, for all you do in the community, getting us all ready for Election Day next Tuesday, too. I really appreciate that.
HORNER: You got it. Thanks, Joe.
DR. CONGENI: Thanks, Ray.
HORNER: Dr. Joe Congeni, Sports Medicine Center at Akron Children's Hospital.
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