BJACH hosts Army Combat Fitness Test, Pose Running Training

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Bayne-Jones Army Community Hospital hosted an Army Combat Fitness Test and Pose running method training course in early March for Fort Polk.

Col. Marla J. Ferguson, Medical Activity commander, identified a need to train Soldier instructors on the new ACFT, which is set to replace the Army Physical Fitness Test in October. Her focus on the prevention of injuries led her to designate the BJACH Department of Rehabilitation Team to take the lead in hosting the conference. A team of subject matter experts from the U.S. Army Physical Fitness School trained 30 Soldiers as level 2 instructors for the ACFT and as instructors on the Pose method of running, which incorporate poses into running in order to avoid wasting energy on inconsequential movements.

In addition to the ACFT Training, Soldiers received training on the Pose technique of running from Lt. Col. Charles Blake, director of the U.S. Army Physical Fitness School. The Pose technique of running was developed by two-time Olympic coach Dr. Nicholas Romanov to diminish injuries and improve athletic performance.

Most people were not born with perfect running technique. Running is a skill that requires practice. The Pose method of running teaches running as a skill, based on scientific principles, concepts and foundational exercises.

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Running has always been part of military training. It is an essential activity that is part of virtually everything else soldiers must do on regular basis. And it's been known for years, that as an activity, running is also the most dangerous athletic movement solely due to the amount of injuries that soldiers sustain. More than 2 out of 3 injured soldiers face injuries from running. However, running itself is not the issue.


Soldiers are trained and taught how to do virtually every task, however, running, the activity directly responsible for an overwhelming majority of all military related musculoskeletal (MSK) injuries, is not taught as a skill.


Health and Holistic Fitness, or H2F is a big initiative by the Army to revamp training protocols. One of the major updates in the new doctrine is the addition of Running Skill (Pose Method) in FM 7-22 (Chapter 7).

Running Skill training is now available on demand, forcewide,  through the Army IgnitED program. Individual Soldiers can watch Pose Method running skill training videos online, and take an exam to become a certified instructor (technical certification, promotion points).

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