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.