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Preventing injuries in runners topic of presentation Nov. 22

November 14, 2011

Three noted physical therapists will take center stage at Indiana State University on Nov. 22 to discuss injury prevention for runners, in conjunction with the University Speakers Series.

The program, which begins at 7 p.m. in the University Hall Theater, is held in conjunction with the applied medicine and rehabilitation department and the NCAA National Cross Country Championships being conducted at the Laverne Gibson Championship Cross Country Course.

All three presenters are faculty members in the physical therapy program at Governors State University in suburban Chicago.

David Diers earned his bachelor's degree from Marquette University, a master's of health science from the University of Indianapolis a doctorate in education from Loyola University-Chicago. He has extensive experience in orthopedic and sports physical therapy in the southern and western suburbs of Chicago. Diers has worked at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs and was part of the medical team at the U.S. Figure Skating Championship and Olympic Trials in 2006.

Dale Schuit has been a practicing physical therapist for 35 years, and a full time academician for 30 years. He has earned a Ph.D. in kinesiology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a master's degree in physical therapy education from The Ohio State University, and a bachelor's degree in physical therapy from St. Louis University. Shuit's academic and clinical expertise is in the areas of kinesiology and musculoskeletal dysfunction, specifically patients with spinal, sacroiliac, and foot/ankle problems.

Ann Vendrely has been at Governors State since 1996. She holds a bachelor's degree in education from Goshen College, a master's in physical therapy from the University of Indianapolis' Krannert Graduate School of Physical Therapy, a doctoral degree in education from Loyola University Chicago, and a transitional doctor of physical therapy degree from Regis University in Denver. She is a board certified orthopedic clinical specialist and is a trainer for the American Physical Therapy Association's Clinical Education and Credentialing program at the beginner and advanced levels.

The presentation is free and open to the public. For more information about the 2011-12 University Speakers Series, call 812-237-3783.

Media contact and writer: Paula Meyer, ISU Communications & Marketing, 812-237-3783 or