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Free running clinic for beginners to be held in Whitewater

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

With summer just around the corner, it is important to know valuable tips for success while begin active and physically fit. Individuals interested in starting a walking program or training for a 5K, half-marathon or marathon are welcome to attend this free clinic at the Fort HealthCare Therapy & Sport Center on Saturday, June 22 at 9:00 a.m. The clinic is located at 1461 W. Main Street in Whitewater.

Highlights will include: how to get started, proper form, injury prevention and treatment, shoe selection, stretching, core strengthening and nutrition.

Instructors are Fort HealthCare’s certified athletic trainers (ATC). “Many people have heard of or even worked with an athletic trainer, but don’t understand what the athletic trainer does,” said Julia Neppl, PT, ATC. “There is more to the athletic trainer than a fanny pack and tape.”

ATCs are responsible for the total healthcare of the athlete and work in areas of injury prevention and rehabilitation, nutrition and first aid to name a few. The primary responsibility of an ATC is injury prevention through education and providing advice concerning proper use of equipment and/or protective devices, such as braces, but they are also able to design conditioning and strength training programs to assist athletes in reaching peak performance.

Athletic trainers have specific education and training that makes them especially qualified to work with the physically active population. ATCs have graduated from an accredited athletic training education program and have passed a board of certification exam. They have an extensive background in exercise physiology in conjunction with medical expertise. Learn more at

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