Sports Medicine Concussion Clinic

Akron Children's Sports Medicine Concussion Clinic treats athletes ages 12 and older. Read More...

Congeni Joseph
Joseph Congeni, MD
Director, Sports Medicine; Clinical Co-Director, Center for Orthopedics and Sports Medicine



Conditions We Treat

Conditions we treat
Here are some of the conditions treated in this department. Select a condition to get more information and resources: Concussion.

Did You Know?

Did You Know?
  • Research shows that the developing brains of adolescents (ages 11-21) are more vulnerable to concussion than adults, and high school athletes take longer to recover than professional players.
     
  • Approximately 10% of athletes report concussion symptoms 30 days after the injury. About 5% have symptoms 3 months after injury, and 1% report symptoms 12 months later.
     
  • 20% of high school football players suffer head injuries in any given season.
     
  • Rest, physical and mental, is the key to recovery after a concussion.

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Meet Our Patients

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Overview

Sports Medicine Concussion Clinic - Overview

Our concussion clinic uses the 20-minute, computerized ImPACT (Immediate Post-concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) program to assess and detect concussions.

ImPACT measures the brain's processing speed, memory and visual motor skills and is used widely in the NFL.

Athletes should take the ImPACT test before they suffer a concussion to establish a baseline measure of which to compare results after a concussion.

We also contract with a number of high schools to perform this service.

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What To Expect

After an athlete's follow-up visit to our concussion clinic, parents receive checklists to track the frequency of symptoms relating to physical, behavioral, cognitive and language function, including:

  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Memory problems
  • Depression
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Sensitivity to light and sound
  • Fatigue
  • Change in eating and/or sleeping patterns
  • Mood swings

These symptoms may last up to 2 weeks, or in about 10 percent of patients, they may persist 30 days or longer.

Patients also receive instructions about what physical and mental activities are allowed and a return-to-play protocol, beginning with no activity and moving through light aerobic exercises, sport-specific training, non-contact training drills, full-contact training drills, and finally, return to competition.

Coaches and teachers also receive letters about the athlete's head injury, what can be expected in the next few weeks, and what, if any, accommodations are required.

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Patient Family Resources

We know you must have questions about your child's concussion. We hope you find these articles helpful.

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330-543-8260

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Akron Children's Hospital
Center for Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
Considine Professional Building
215 W. Bowery St., Suite 7300
Akron , OH 44308
Phone: 330-543-8260
Fax: 330-543-3851
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