Free lecture series for athletes will focus on preventing injuries while training

The Des Moines University Clinic is kicking off the Athletic Power Hour five-part series on February 24. The series is free and open to the public.

“We have so many great experts and wonderful facilities on campus that this just made sense. The physical therapy clinic is sponsoring the series to promote activity while preventing or recovering from injuries,” said Kari Smith, D.P.T., physical therapy clinic manager. “Plus, we’re a teaching institution so we love to share knowledge with our community.”

All sessions begin at 7 p.m. and will be held in the Des Moines University Clinic, 3200 Grand Avenue in Des Moines. The following is the planned lineup:

  • Feb. 24: Running injuries: prevention and treatment. Presented by Shane McClinton, D.P.T., DMU Clinic physical therapist.
  • March 30: Swimming injuries: prevention and treatment. Presented by Richard Schuster, D.O., DMU Clinic osteopathic manual medicine provider.
  • April 21: Cycling injuries: prevention and treatment. Presented by McClinton.
  • May 12: Core strengthening: benefits and treatment of related injuries. Presented by Smith and Libby Trausch, D.P.T., DMU Clinic physical therapists.
  • May 19: Nutrition: fuel your competition. Presented by Jenny Weber, U.S.A. Triathlon coach.

The presentations will be appropriate for any athlete, high-school age or older. Free parking is directly behind the building. For a map and driving directions, visit No RSVP needed. For more information, call 515.271.1717.


Des Moines University is the only private medical school in Iowa, offering graduate-level, professional degree programs in osteopathic medicine, podiatric medicine, physical therapy, physician assistant studies, biomedical sciences, anatomy, health care administration and public health. Founded in 1898, the institution offers superior academics in a collaborative environment. DMU students’ pass rate on national examinations and board certifications is consistently higher than the national average and the rates at similar institutions.

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