Feb. 16, 2010
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IOWA CITY, IA The University of Iowa Strength and Conditioning department was thrilled with their inaugural strength training and injury prevention clinic for girls, held this past Saturday, at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The event was attended by over fifty girls between the ages of ten and fifteen, as well as roughly sixty parents and coaches. The athletes were put through a variety of mobility, strengthening and muscle activation exercises. The girls also completed a series of drills designed to improve running and jumping mechanics. The drills were similar to those that Hawkeye student-athletes perform on a regular basis.
“We feel that the clinic was a tremendous success” said Director of Strength and Conditioning JC Moreau. “This is a cause that we feel strongly about and to finally be able to start getting these techniques and this information out to those that most need it is very exciting!”
In addition to direction from Moreau and Assistant Coach Gabriella Quiggle, the participants were able to hear from Iowa Sports Medicine Physical Therapist Paul Pursley.
“Paul is truly a leader in the field of preventative therapy and he was a fantastic introductory speaker in that he was able to present the `whys’ to many of the reasons we focus on the areas that we do with female student-athletes” added Moreau.
Also assisting with the clinic were Iowa strength and conditioning staff members Bill Maxwell, Rusty Burney, Dan Hammes and Jhon Haehn. With such a low coach to athlete ratio the participants were able to receive a great deal of personalized attention.
“The feedback has been amazing,” added Moreau. “The girls, coaches and parents all thoroughly enjoyed the experience and look forward to future events. This was very positive for us to hear on our first attempt!”