DES MOINES — The practice of coaches using extra running to punish players for bad behavior and poor performance is getting new scrutiny in Iowa following an investigation into a Des Moines coach who made a student run sprints and laps as punishment.

The Des Moines Register reports that the investigation looked at a Des Moines high school football coach accused of violating school corporal punishment policies by making a sophomore player run. The player was being punished for making derogatory comments about the school’s varsity squad.

Iowa Department of Education attorney Thomas Mayes says running or extra conditioning could be considered corporal punishment under state law.

But some, like Dowling Catholic High School activities director Tom Wilson, say that if all conditioning discipline is banned, “youth sports are in trouble.”

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