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Sports Medicine Center

Includes specialty programs: Sports Rehab / Fracture Clinic

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Overview

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 wholistic 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 (available individually or by team/school)

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

Contact Sports Medicine

330-543-8260

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Sports Medicine Center
Akron Children's Hospital Specialty Care
Considine Professional Building
215 W. Bowery St.
Suite 7300
Akron, Ohio 44308
Fax: 330-543-3851
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Sports Medicine, Boardman
Akron Children's Hospital Specialty Care
6505 Market St., Building A
Boardman, Ohio 44512
Fax: 330-729-1146
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Sports Medicine, Hudson
Akron Children's Hospital Specialty Care
5655 Hudson Drive
Hudson, 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 Hospital Specialty Care
6100 Whipple Ave. NW
Side entrance (West), Level 1
North Canton, Ohio 44720
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Sports Medicine, Warren
Akron Children's Hospital Specialty Care
The Market Place
5000 E. Market St., Suite 28
Warren, Ohio 44484
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Our Doctors/Providers

Joseph Congeni
Joseph Congeni, MD

Director, Sports Medicine; Sports Medicine Physician

Malinda Bragg-Coldsnow
Malinda Bragg-Coldsnow, PT

Physical Therapist

Michelle Burke
Michelle Burke, MD

Medical Director, School Health Services; Sports Medicine Physician

S. Derrick Eddy
S. Derrick Eddy, MD

Sports Medicine Physician

Julie Kerr
Julie Kerr, MD

Director, Sports Medicine Fellowship; Sports Medicine Physician

Zaid Khatib
Zaid Khatib, MD

Pediatric Hospitalist; Sports Medicine Physician

Christopher Liebig
Christopher Liebig, MD

Sports Medicine Physician

Tamara Murray
Tamara Murray, MSN, RN, CNP

Nurse practitioner

Amy Perusek
Amy Perusek, MSN, RN, PPCNP-BC

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Open Clinical Studies

Indirect Intracranial Pressure Measurement in Patients With Suspected or Documented Concussion

In this trial we are testing a medical monitoring device called the Headsense-1000 that may help diagnose and manage symptoms of a possible concussion in young athletes. A concussion or brain injury can increase the pressure in the skull and sometimes this pressure can cause serious medical problems.

During this trial we will use the HeadSense monitoring device, which uses an audio signal, to record pressure of fluid inside the skulls of patients with injuries or concussions as well as patients with no injuries or concussions. Comparing the results will allow to determine if the HeadSense device has value in diagnosing and treating young athletes with head injuries.

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Currently recruiting

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 four follow-up visits at Akron Children’s Hospital Sports Medicine Clinic in Akron (72 hours, 2 weeks, 4 weeks, and 12 weeks).

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Evaluation of a Cooling Therapy following Concussion in High School 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. Student athletes will be recruited from participating high schools in Northeast Ohio. Schools will be randomized each sport season to receive either brain rest or the cooling therapy.  Student athletes will be consented prior to the season, and still complete an ImPACT computer test, a symptom score sheet, and a brief head trauma history from prior to injury.  After an athlete experiences a concussion, they are required to complete a minimum of four follow-up visits at Akron Children's Hospital Sports Medicine Clinic, at 72 hours, 2 weeks, 4 weeks and 12 weeks.

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