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Akron Children's expands pediatric sports rehab program to Mahoning Valley

08-10-2016 (Mahoning Valley, Ohio )

Akron Children’s Hospital’s pediatric-focused sports rehabilitation program, the only such program in Northeast Ohio, is now available at the Beeghly campus.

Young athletes in the Mahoning Valley now have local access to world-class sports rehabilitation care for children ages 12 and up, and young adults who suffer injuries affecting their participation in sports and exercise. 

Pediatric sports rehabilitation services are currently located in Building C on Beeghly campus, and will ultimately be housed in the new expansion, which is expected to be completed next April.

“The Mahoning Valley has a strong sports tradition, and making this sports rehab program available locally will help protect and treat children who are active in sports and recreation,” said Esther Kovacs, Akron Children’s manager of physical therapy. “Our team of doctors and staff specifically trained in sports medicine will get young athletes on the road to recovery and safely back in the game.”

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, each year, more than 3.5 million children ages 14 and under receive medical treatment for sports injuries. The most common types of sport-related injuries in children are sprains (mostly ankle), muscle strains, bone or growth plate injuries, repetitive motion injuries, and heat-related illness.

Akron Children’s pediatric sports rehabilitation program includes treatment for these injuries in addition to post-operative rehabilitation, post-injury conditioning and injury prevention.

Other services include:
•    Comprehensive evaluations
•    Biomechanical analysis of sport-specific activities
•    Gait and running analysis/retraining
•    Post-concussive rehabilitation
•    Manual therapy services including
•    Graston Techniques®
•    Trigger point dry needling

For more information on the pediatric sports rehab program, call the Beeghly campus at 330-746-8100.