Jennifer Sturtevant and her colleagues often joke that once mid-August rolls around, their social lives take a serious hit.

That’s because for Sturtevant, an athletic training and wellness coordinator for MelroseWakefield Healthcare who serves as a trainer for multiple high schools on the North Shore, the end of summer is when student football players get back to practice, leading to a slew of injuries to treat. Things only get worse when other fall sports teams return to action and injuries start to pile up.

Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Joseph Czarnecki works for Woburn-based Excel Orthopedic Specialists and MelroseWakefield Hospital. He said so many injuries occur as students go back to school that Excel opens up a special Monday evening sports clinic to handle overflow cases.

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