Thursday, May 5, 2011

More on Flawed Science

Most of the studies on Pose Running that I’ve been able to read have been very poorly designed. One of the biggest flaws in the design of these studies is that they fail to recognize that changing one’s running technique is not instantaneous. Depending on the individual, it can take weeks, months, and even years to make the transition. Unfortunately, during that time of adaptation, the runner will probably be more vulnerable to injury, and will experience a decrease in running efficiency.

The second biggest flaw in these studies is that they do not measure how well the runners are running against the Pose running standard. If they are running Pose perfectly, as measured against the standard, then the studies would be more relevant. However, very few people run perfectly against the standard, and therefore, any conclusion based on that research is much less meaningful. All research on Pose should include an evaluation of how well the runners are performing the technique. And since this is relatively easy to do, there is no excuse for not including it within the design of a study of Pose Running Technique.

Currently the science hasn’t been done yet to make a definitive scientific assessment on what constitutes good or bad running technique. And based on the poorly designed research I’ve looked at, it will be a very long time before we have enough data to make that determination scientifically. In the meantime, the arguments for Pose and similar running techniques are clearly superior in every respect than are the arguments against them. It also seems that the science that has been done well is beginning to back up those arguments

Your Pose Running Coach's Blog: A Critique of One Study of Pose Running Technique

Your Pose Running Coach's Blog: The Use of Scientific Studies in Blog Posts

A link to other blog posts on scientific studies - http://www.posecoachblog.com/search/label/Science

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