COMMUNITY: Running symposium set for U of Iowa

Editorís note: Patrick McCue is a physical therapy graduate student at the University of Iowa from Iowa City. He is a Regina graduate who run track and cross country under the late Bob Brown.

By Patrick McCue, community contributor

IOWA CITY ó As local high school athletes prepare for the upcoming track season, the University of Iowa Physical Therapy Department is hosting a running symposium focused on the high school athlete.

The running symposium on Feb. 16 is an opportunity for coaches, athletes, parents and clinicians to learn about and discuss the high school athlete.

This is the sixth year for the symposium and this yearís programming is aimed at educating the public and clinicians alike. It is important to understand the many factors that go into making a high school athlete both successful and healthy.

The day will include speakers, panels and an hour of hands-on exercise training.

Morning sessions will cover nutrition, training tips that enable multisport athletes to transition between seasons. There also will be a panel discussion on what to do when injury occurs. The afternoon will bring together local weight coaches to discuss implementing running specific plans, and head Drake coach Natasha Kaiser-Brown will provide insight about what college coaches look for in high school athletes.

Longtime Drake Relays announcer and former Columbus Junction coach Mike Jay will discuss ďWhat drives you? Or do you even allow yourself to be driven?Ē Jay will cover finding and maintaining passion with examples from Iowa preps who have continued their running careers past high school.

The symposium will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Medical Education and Research Facility on the University of Iowa campus. Cost is $25 for students and $40 for adults ($35 and $50 for day of registration). Registration is available at

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