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Lt. Col. Mae Miranda, chief of physical therapy at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center and the Army’s physical therapy consultant for the region, invited MAJ Blake, the inspector general for U.S. Army Medical Command in San Antonio, to hold a Pose Method workshop for about 45 Army and Air Force physical therapists, physical therapist assistants and technicians, and fitness trainers from around Europe.


Mechanical efficiency leads to aerobic efficiency, which leads then to an overall (better) efficiency because I could recover faster and I could train more.


The goal of learning the Pose Method is for military physical therapists and fitness trainers to be able to help personnel reduce injury and increase speed when it comes to running. Some fitness experts in the Army swear by it, which partly explains why the technique is gaining a foothold in military circles. Such claims are appealing to the military, where injuries from running and fitness test failures from slow run times are costly and contribute to decreased readiness. About 60 to 66 percent of soldiers who report to sick call — the Army’s term for needing medical attention — have muscular-skeletal related injuries.

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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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