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Sports Medicine Center

Includes specialty programs: Sports Rehab / Fracture Clinic

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Injuries and problems in the bones, muscles, ligaments, tendons and joints are often quite different in growing children than from those commonly seen in adults. We have the special training and experience to treat the unique sports-related medical needs of children and teens. Our goal is to get your child back to doing what he or she loves as quickly and safely as possible.

Specialized care.

Our sports medicine team diagnoses and treats sports- and activity-related injuries, as well as counsels young athletes on training practices to prevent injury. We work closely with Akron Children’s orthopedic surgeons and Sports Rehabilitation to provide a holistic approach to the athlete’s care.

Our focus is to provide individualized treatment plans for each athlete so we can ensure a quick and safe return to sports, enhance performance, and prevent future injuries.

Our services include:

Biomechanical analysis of sport-specific activities

Body composition and sports nutrition recommendations

Concussion clinic

Evaluation of sports and recreational injuries with treatments

Evaluation and treatment of exercise-induced asthma

Gait and running analysis

Sports performance and training analysis with 3-D technology

Sports physicals

Sports psychology services

Ultrasound and laboratory services

Concussion services.

We use 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.

We recommend athletes take the ImPACT test before they suffer a concussion to establish a baseline measure of which to compare results after a concussion. We contract with a number of high schools to perform this service.

After your child visits our concussion clinic, you'll receive checklists to track the frequency of symptoms relating to physical, behavioral, cognitive and language function, including headaches, memory problems, sensitivity to light and sound, mood swings and nausea or vomiting. 

Symptoms may last up to 2 weeks or, in about 10 percent of patients, 30 days or longer.


Locations/Contact Us

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Sports Medicine Center
Akron Children's Hospital
Considine Professional Building
215 W. Bowery St.
Suite 7300
Level 7
Akron, Ohio 44308
Fax: 330-543-3851
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Sports Medicine, Boardman
Akron Children's Hospital
6505 Market St., Building A
Boardman, Ohio 44512
Fax: 330-729-1146
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Sports Medicine, Boston Heights
Akron Children's Hospital Sports Medicine, Boston Heights
Akron Children's Health Center
328 East Hines Hill Road
Boston Heights, Ohio 44236
Fax: 330-342-8504
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Sports Medicine, Medina
Akron Children's Hospital Specialty Care
3443 Medina Road
Door 1 (Suite 108)
Medina, Ohio 44256
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Sports Medicine, North Canton
Akron Children's Health Center
6076 Whipple Ave. NW
North Canton, Ohio 44720
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Sports Medicine, Warren
Akron Children's Hospital Sports Medicine Services, Warren
The Market Place
5000 East Market Street
Suite 28
Warren, Ohio 44484
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Our Doctors/Providers

Department Heads:
Joseph Congeni
Joseph Congeni, MD

Director, Sports Medicine; Sports Medicine Physician

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Michelle Burke, MD

Medical Director, School Health Services; Sports Medicine Physician


S. Derrick Eddy, MD

Sports Medicine Physician


Julie Kerr, MD

Director, Sports Medicine Fellowship; Sports Medicine Physician


Zaid Khatib, MD

Pediatric Hospitalist; Sports Medicine Physician


Christopher Liebig, MD

Sports Medicine Physician


Brian Reilly, MD

Sports Medicine Physician

Nurse Practitioners/Physician Assistants:

Tamara Murray, MSN, APRN-CNP

Nurse practitioner


Amy Perusek, MSN, APRN-CNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Other Providers:

Malinda Bragg-Coldsnow, PT

Physical Therapist

Open Clinical Studies

Evaluation of a Cooling Therapy following Concussion in Adolescent Athletes

The purpose of this study is to evaluate if cooling the brain after injury is a more effective in concussion treatment than the current standard care of brain rest. Athletes will be recruited from the Sports Medicine Clinic at Akron Children’s Hospital in Akron. After signing up for the study, athletes will be randomized to receive either brain rest or the cooling therapy. All participating athletes are required to complete a minimum of threefollow-up visits at Akron Children’s Hospital Sports Medicine Clinic in Akron (72 hours, 2 weeks and 4 weeks).

Athletes and Parents: If you suspect your athlete has experienced a concussion, please call the Sports Medicine Clinic to schedule an appointment with a provider. During this appointment, the athlete will be evaluated for their injury as well as the clinical trial. At the end of the appointment, you will have the opportunity to sign up, if the athlete is eligible. To schedule an appointment in Akron, please call 330-543-8260. To schedule an appointment in Boardman, please call 330-746-8071 (option 2). For questions regarding eligibility, please the Research Institute as 330-543-3193 and ask for Payton Kline or Danielle Morgan. 

Providers: If you are a provider interested in bringing this study to your site, please complete the feasibility questionnaire below.

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