Overview

Overview

Cleveland Clinic Akron General Sports Medicine specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of orthopedic and sports-related conditions. Sports medicine doctors and therapists work together to evaluate and treat patients on an individual basis. Each year, we help thousands of people find the road to recovery, relieve their pain and achieve peak performance.

When to Seek Sports Medicine Care
Any time your active lifestyle causes you an injury, you can trust Akron General Sports Medicine for your care. Discomfort from a number of seemingly innocent activities - walking the dog, jogging, working around the house - can lead to more serious and complicated problems if they aren't properly addressed.

There's no need to worry about getting a referral ahead of time: call us for an appointment right away. Our Sports Medicine doctors will keep your primary care physician informed of your visits and treatment.

Just because you're not engaged in serious or competitive sports when you sustain an injury, it does not mean you shouldn't seek a Sports Medicine professional opinion. We believe that everyone is an athlete in their own way.

Our staff includes a group of Sports Medicine professionals:

  • Board-certified Sports Medicine primary care doctors and orthopaedic surgeons
  • Certified athletic trainers
  • Licensed physical and occupational therapists
  • Certified strength & conditioning specialists
  • Certified exercise physiologists
  • Certified personal trainers

Programs for High School Athletic Departments
Our physicians, athletic trainers and physical therapist provide an on-site medical coverage year- round at high schools and community athletic events.

We also offer pre-participation physical evaluations for high school athletes every spring and fall. Students receive complete orthopaedic evaluations including musculoskeletal exams and flexibility checks by physicians, athletic trainers and physical therapists. We also provide cardiovascular tests and body fat measurements for your athletes upon request.

Continuing education programs for coaches are available several times a year that meet Ohio State High School Athletic Association educational requirements. Educational seminars are available for skiers, runners, soccer players, high school athletes, cyclists and others to teach injury prevention and treatment, conditioning techniques and nutrition. Our sports medicine professionals also speak to groups.

Special Event Medical Coverage
Having a community 5k run or walk? We also can provide on-site medical coverage at community athletic events. Ask us about the type of coverage that's right for your event.

Services

Services

Injury Evaluation & Athletic Rehab
Akron General Rehabilitation and Sports Therapy provides a team of board-certified physicians, licensed physical therapists, licensed/certified athletic trainers, exercise physiologists and certified strength and conditioning specialists.

We specialize in the treatment of athletes of all ages, levels and sports. We understand that the rehabilitation of orthopaedic and musculoskeletal injuries is only part of the recovery process. We know the special concerns of athletes and the importance of addressing the emotional and mental aspects of recovery, as well as the injury itself.

We also help arthritic patients function better and accident victims mend and strengthen injured bones, joints and muscles. Our special programs for the back and foot emphasize injury prevention and feature our team treatment approach.

We offer convenient locations in Bath, Stow, Green, Tallmadge, Lakemore, White Pond Drive and Grant Street.

Physical Therapy Services

  • Evaluation and treatment of orthopedic injuries and conditions
  • Rehabilitation after Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Sports specific rehabilitation
  • Foot orthotics

Specialty Rehab

  • Prenatal and Postpartum Services
  • Incontinence
  • Pelvic Pain
  • Cancer Services (Post-surgical Breast Cancer Rehabilitation)
  • Lymphedema Therapies
  • Osteoporosis (Fracture Prevention & Post-Fracture Recovery)
  • Vestibular & Balance Rehab
  • Driver’s rehabilitation
  • Audiology

Occupational Therapy

  • Hand Rehabilitation

Speech-Language Therapy

Neurological Therapy

  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Speech-Language Therapy

Employer Services

  • Worksite Analysis and Injury Prevention
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Functional Capacity Evaluations
Staff

Staff

Our team of fellowship-trained Sports Medicine physicians can help get you back on the field, the court, the road or the trail faster than you thought possible. Because we offer a range of services, from evaluation through physical therapy, patients can count on the quality and continuity of care.

Our Sports Medicine Physicians

  • John Pinkowski, MD
  • Anthony Kantaras, MD
  • Aaron Lear, MD
  • Jeffery Peiffer, DO
  • Rachel Hummel, DO

These doctors are part of Akron General Partners Physician Group.

Appointments

Appointments

Our board certified and fellowship-trained sports medicine doctors are available in five different locations to meet your needs. To schedule an appointment, call 330.344.2663.

Rehabilitation & Sports Therapy/Sports Performance Centers

Athletic Training Services

Athletic Training Services

We specialize in the treatment of athletes of all ages, levels and sports: recreational or collegiate, weekend jogger or softball player, dancer or karate student. We understand that the rehabilitation of orthopaedic injuries is only part of the recovery process - we know the special concerns of athletes and the importance of addressing the emotional and mental aspects of recovery as well as the injury itself.

Our rehab specialists are skilled in treating sports-related injuries, such as sprains, strains, contusions and fractures. Strengthening, range of motion and proprioceptive control are stressed for patients who have and have not had surgery.

High School Coverage

On-Site Sports Medicine Coverage
Our physicians, athletic trainers and physical therapists can provide on-site medical coverage year-round at high school and community athletic events. We can also provide fitness instructors and therapists for the worksite. 

Pre-Season Physicals
Pre-participation Physical Evaluation (OHSAA Format)
We offer pre-season physical screenings for high school athletes every spring and fall. Students receive complete orthopaedic evaluations, including musculoskeletal exams and flexibility checks by physicians, athletic trainers and physical therapists. We also provide cardiovascular tests and body fat measurements for athletes as requested.

Our pre-season physicals require a nominal fee and include:

  • Medical history
  • Musculoskeletal screening by certified/licensed Akron General Sports Medicine staff
  • OHSAA-compliant medical exam by an Akron General Sports Medicine physician
  • Written evaluation sent to parents

Full-Time Athletic Trainer Package
This arrangement provides injured athletes immediate access to an Akron General Sports Medicine physician. Full-time athletic trainer coverage for a high school athletic calendar year (August - June) includes:

  • Coverage at school-sanctioned practices
  • Coverage at home and away varsity football games
  • Coverage at home junior varsity games
  • Coverage at pre-agreed home athletic contests
  • Coverage at post-season events
  • Daily injury clinics
  • Training room management
  • Budgeting for and monitoring of training supplies and inventory
  • Year-end injury analysis and recommendations
  • Coordination of a student sports medicine club
  • Access to a required first-aid seminar for Pupil Activity Validation, ODE
  • Pre-participation Physical Evaluation (minimal fee to athlete)
  • Educational seminars for coaches, athletes, parents and other school-related audiences

Part-Time Athletic Trainer Package
This arrangement provides injured athletes immediate access to an Akron General Sports Medicine physician. Part-time athletic trainer coverage for the high school athletic calendar year (August - June) includes:

  • Weekly injury clinics
  • Budgeting for and monitoring of training supplies and inventory
  • Access to a required first-aid seminar for Pupil Activity Validation, ODE
  • Pre-participation Physical Evaluation (minimal fee to the athlete)
  • Educational seminars for coaches, athletes, parents and other school-related audiences

Basic Outreach Package
This arrangement provides injured athletes immediate access to an Akron General Sports Medicine physician. Basic Outreach coverage includes:

  • Athletic trainer or sports therapist support for a select number of pre-season and varsity football games
  • Weekly injury clinics at your location during the athletic school year
  • Pre-participation Physical Evaluation (OHSAA format) and injury screening (minimal fee to the athlete)
  • Special event coverage (for a minimal fee)
  • Access to a required first-aid seminar for Pupil Activity Validation, ODE
  • Customized educational seminars

Akron General Sports Medicine provides top quality services at competitive costs. We are happy to provide detailed cost information based on your specific needs. For more information on packages offered by Akron General's Sports Medicine, call 330.665.8200. We'll be happy to meet and discuss how we can meet your specific needs.

Customized Programs for Coaches and Athletes
We also provide professional, customized sports medicine care for high school athletic and coaching staffs and student athletes. We tailor our services to your specific needs including full-time and part-time event athletic training coverage, student educational seminars, pre-season physicals and screenings, and first aid seminars.

Education
We believe that education is a vital aspect of improving student athletes' health and performance. That's why we provide numerous seminars for both student athletes and their parents. We also sponsor a student Sports Medicine club for those interested in athletic training or sports medicine as a career.

Injury Prevention
Even with the most rigorous training, most sports have inherent dangers that put young athletes at risk for injury. Also, now more than ever, adults are participating in recreational sports. As the body ages, we tend to lose agility and the level of activity we once had, putting us at a greater risk for injury. That's why Akron General Sports Medicine offers prevention education for local groups and teams for all ages. Prevention programs can be tailored by sport or activity.

Current Clients

  • USA Wrestling
  • Akron Racers
Sports Performance Centers

Sports Performance Centers

You practice hard and compete even harder. Move your game to the next level with sports performance training. Semi-private group training and one-on-one coaching from our degreed and certified staff - whether you're a middle or high school athlete, or an adult looking to improve your workout results.

We offer two summer programs:

Request information about our programs, or call to learn more:

Akron General Health & Wellness Center, Stow
4300 Allen Road
Stow, OH 44224
330.945.3150

Akron General Health & Wellness Center, Green
1940 Town Park Boulevard
Uniontown, OH 44685
330.896.9829

Our Coaching Philosophy

We foster a positive and safe environment that promotes cognitive, psychological and physical development for athletes of all ages and skill levels by:

  • Focusing on each athlete's long-term development
  • Educating athletes, parents and team coaches
  • Maintaining attention to detail
  • Tailoring our coaching style to the unique needs and learning styles of each athlete

We help athletes from all sports ignite, excel and achieve.

Meet our Coaches

Mary Catherine Powers BS, MA CSCS SCCC TPI Level 1
Sports Performance Supervisor
Health and Wellness Center, Stow

Mary Catherine (MC) has a passion for coaching and teaching athletes of all ages to help them succeed at the highest level. With previous experience as a collegiate strength and conditioning coach, she knows what it takes to train at the next level. MC earned her undergraduate degree in Exercise Science from the University of Mount Union and holds a Master’s degree in Sports and Recreation Management from Kent State University. She is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association as well as CPR and First Aid Certified. With experience coaching athletes in many different sports, she aims to help all individuals lead a healthier and happier life by reaching their athletic or fitness goals.

Amanda Tobac, BA, CSCS, EP-C
Head Sports Performance Coach
Health & Wellness Center, Green

Amanda Tobac has coached many athletes in different sports such rowing, Olympic lifting, softball, lacrosse and even mixed martial arts. She has also coached adults ages 18 to 65 to achieve their goals in becoming stronger and healthier. She is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association, Exercise Physiologist through American College of Sports Medicine, and is certified in both First Aid and CPR. Coach Amanda earned her Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science at Slippery Rock University. Her passion for helping athletes extends to any and all athletic abilities because she wants to improve athletic performance. 

Lukas Toburen BS, CSCS
Sports Performance Coach
Health and Wellness Center, Stow

Lukas Toburen is passionate about using performance training to help athletes achieve their athletic goals and develop as mature young men and women of character. Lukas earned his undergraduate degree in Exercise Science from Grove City College. He has worked in the private sector as a personal trainer and fitness consultant working with people of all ages and fitness abilities. He has also worked in collegiate athletics as an Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach as well as an Assistant Men’s Lacrosse Coach for Grove City College. Lukas is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association and is also certified in CPR and First Aid. Lukas works every day to help athletes realize their full potential on and off the field.