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Sports Medicine Center

Athletes know that teamwork is an important element of success – and teamwork is what sets Akron Children’s Hospital apart from other sports medicine providers. Our sports medicine team diagnoses and treats sports- and activity-related injuries. We work closely with Akron Children’s orthopedic surgeons and physical therapists whose specialize in sports rehabilitation.

Every athlete receives a customized treatment plan and guidance on how to prevent future injuries. We offer sports psychology to help athletes with sports performance and recovery from injury, along with a sports nutritionist to teach athletes how to fuel their bodies. Our goal is to help young athletes return to the activities they love as quickly and safely as possible.

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Why Akron Children's

Providers specializing in:
Sports and recreational injuries, Concussion care, Sports psychology and nutrition, Dance and gymnastics injuries, Ultrasound-guided injections

High schools where Akron Children’s provides certified athletic trainers

Joseph Congeni, MD

Dr. Congeni is the medical director of Akron Children’s Sports Medicine department and specializes in musculoskeletal injury evaluation and treatment of medical problems in athletes. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame and Northeast Ohio Medical University, Dr. Congeni completed his residency in pediatrics and fellowship in sports medicine at Akron Children’s Hospital and has been in practice since 1988. He is board certified in pediatrics with a certificate of added qualification in sports medicine. Dr. Congeni is a strong advocate for young athletes which he supports through committee involvement and published research. He’s also a frequent featured expert in the media for his insight on young athletes and youth sports.

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Contact Sports Medicine


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Sports Medicine Center
Akron Children's Hospital Sports Medicine Center, Akron
Considine Professional Building
215 West Bowery Street
Level 7
Akron, Ohio 44308
Fax: 330-543-3851
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Sports Medicine, Boardman
Akron Children's Hospital Sports Medicine, Boardman
Leonard J. Fisher Family Building
6505 Market Street, Building A
Boardman, Ohio 44512
Fax: 330-729-1946
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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 Sports Medicine, Medina
Akron Children's Health Center
3443 Medina Road
Door 1 (Suite 108)
Medina, Ohio 44256
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Sports Medicine, North Canton
Akron Children's Hospital Sports Medicine, North Canton
6076 Whipple Avenue Northwest
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

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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

Medical Director, Akron Children's Hospital Mahoning Valley; Sports Medicine Physician


Brian Reilly, MD

Sports Medicine Physician

Accepting New Patients


Aaron Sweeney, MD

Pediatrician; Sports Medicine Physician

Accepting New Patients

Allyson Weldon, PhD

Sports Psychologist

Nurse Practitioners/Physician Assistants:

Tamara Murray, MSN, APRN-CNP

Nurse practitioner


Amy Perusek, MSN, APRN-CNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Other Providers:

Lindsay Bailey, MS, RD, LD, CDE, CEDRD

Registered Dietitian; Certified Diabetes Educator; Certified Eating Disorder Registered Dietitian


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 three follow-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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What Should Families Expect When They Come for an Appointment?

At Akron Children’s, your child’s health and safety is our priority. Please continue to bring your child for wellness visits, vaccinations or sick care appointments that keep children healthy. We want to assure you that we have taken additional precautions to ensure a safe environment for your child and family. The following are additional safety efforts, in addition to our normal cleaning protocols, that we are taking to help you be comfortable bringing your child to an appointment.

Limiting the Number of Caregivers and Face Covering

The number of caregivers permitted to accompany a child to an appointment is dependent on the department you are visiting. Everyone visiting an Akron Children's facility is asked to wear masks or face coverings, except for kids under 2 or those with sensory issues. Masks will be provided for visitors who do not bring their own.

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Checking In and Screening of Visitors

Akron Children's now offers Mobile Check-in to limit your exposure to others. You'll receive a text an hour before your child's appointment arrival time. Click the link in the text when you reach the Akron Children's facility for your child's appointment. You will receive a confirmation text that reminds you to wait in your car. Once we determine appropriate spacing is available inside the building, you'll receive a third text to let you know it's OK to come in for your appointment.

Immediately upon entering the building, your temperature will be taken, either by a thermal scanner or a greeter who will also ask you a few questions.

If you are in a waiting room, you’ll notice signs and a limited number of chairs. This is to remind our patients to keep 6 feet of physical distance between your family and others.

Precautions If You Suspect Your Child Has COVID-19

Call your child’s healthcare professional if your child is sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing and has been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19, or if you live in or have recently traveled from an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19. Your health care professional will work with Ohio’s public health department and the CDC to determine if your child needs to be tested for COVID-19.

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Some of the Conditions We Treat...

ACL injury, Concussion, Female Athlete Triad, MCL Injuries, Meniscal Cartilage Tears, Osgood-Schlatter Disease, Osteochondritis Dissecans, PCL Injuries, Stress Fracture, Tendinitis