Pose Running

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Michael Johnson: ‘Perfectly natural Pose running style’

London 2012 Olympics games are fast appraoching with expectations reaching fever pitch, the whole capital is excited. Modern day sprinting was one of the most over subscribed applications for tickets at the games, with everyone longing to see Usain Bolt in action.

Despite Bolt’s recent rise to sprtitning stardom, we must not forgot the legends of yester year that made the sport what it is today, Michael Johnson, Haile Gabrselassie, Linford Christie, Maurice Green, and Marion Jones to name a few.

Each athlete has their own individual style and technique which leads them to become world beaters but none more memorbale than Michael Johnson’s perfect technique of pose running.

The pose running style was invented by Nicholas Romanov during the 1970’s with the aim to produce easy, effortless and smooth flowing running. Romanov felt his technique would limit undue strain on joints & physical break down with increased training loads whilst collaborating with GB and Russian athletics teams. Romanov proposed one universal technique for all runners, regardless of speed or distance.

Typically, amateur runners naturally use the heel-toe technique but pose running’s distinguishing feature is that the athlete lands on the mid foot.
Naturally, this causes joint to be flexed at impact, with hamstring muscles used to withdraw the foot from the ground. The emphasis is on high cadence not stride length. See the picture below, with the pose running on top & the heel-toe running below:

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The smoot lines and increased forward posiont of the centre of gravity during Pose running style is well observed in this comparison.

The concept is simple and based on two models by Romanov:
> Mechanically, the centre of gravity, around hip position, should move horizontally without vertical up & down displacement.
> Biologically, the leg remains ‘S-like’ form and never straightens. This arose from animals like a cheetah which never land on heels but pulls through action after mid-foot loading.

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The cheetah in full flight as its about to make contact with the mid-foot

Despite its simplicity, rigours training and practicing the technique is essential. Having attempted 10 minutes of this style on a treadmill, personally I found it great. But the after affectes were calf-complex DOMS and patello femoral (knee cap) pain for me.

Should athletes change their running style? Only with dedication and patience of carrying out the correct technique alterations through perfect practice. Othewise, it may be those common injuries which comeback and bit you.

Check out my next blog to see drills on ‘how to train for pose running’.

If you think your running technique isn’t up to scratch, TA Physio offer a running assessment and advice service to assist smoother, faster, greater running.

Enjoy the Olympic games 2012 from everyone at TA Physio.

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am driven and passionate about healthcare focused on delivering successful patient outcomes through personalised rehabilitation. So far, I have established a successful career in physiotherapy rehabilitation and gained valuable experience in contributing to marketing strategies within multi-national companies. In 2005 I graduated from UWIC with a degree in science, health, exercise and sport, and then specialised in Physiotherapy and graduated Coventry University in 2008. Since commencing my physiotherapy career I have gained valuable experience in musculoskeletal, sports rehabilitation, and community based neurological and falls prevention rehabilitation within the NHS. In 2010 I set up TA Physio to provide a personal and flexible service for clientele requiring sports rehabilitation, falls prevention & rehabilitation, musculoskeletal physiotherapy as well as bio mechanical assessment in North London. In 2011 I joined AposTherapy as a junior therapist and developed over 2 years to become a Senior AposTherapist in 2013. Recently I have been promoted to lead the London Clinic development and growth reporting directly to the UK Clinical Lead and overseeing ten members of clinical staff. The responsibilities included developing vital HCP links to build referral pathways, accountable for staff development and clinical needs of the AposTherapy London Clinic. In 2014 I provided physiotherapy to elite athletes at The Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. I was based within the busy and dynamic polyclinic within the Athletes' Villages. The aim is to help Glasgow 2014 deliver a direct access physiotherapy service to the people at the heart of the Games. Specialties: Gait Analysis, Deviations and Gait Rehabilitation; Sports Specific Rehabilitation; Orthopaedic Post Operative Rehabilitation; Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy; Clinical Blog Writing; Development and Growth of Clinical Services; Presenting to Healthcare Professionals & Advisory Boards.

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