HCA Midwest Health September 10, 2019

Sports play an important role to stay active and healthy for young athletes. This time of year, it's important to remind them that aches and pains might signal a sports injury. And while kids are strong, "playing through the pain" for a young athlete with an injury can make it even worse.

According to a recent study, more children visit emergency rooms for sports-related injuries in September than at any other time of the year due to the influx of sports injuries. Football accounts for more than half of all sports-related visits in September for patients younger than 18 and emergency room trips due to soccer and volleyball injuries also peak that month.