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Does Rose know how to run?

Derrick Rose, all NBA players and regular people in general can do a lot for themselves if they only learned correct running technique. Guess who is one of the few who has it and doesn't get injured: Yep, you got it, it's Lebron.

I'd like to refer you guys to this article from 2011 by Henry Abbott, which examines this very issue and what bad running form, i.e. landing on your back heel, can do to the ankles and knees. You know who lands on his back heal? It's Dwayne Wade, the guy with the knees of a 40 year old. Correcting this, along with improving posture and spinal positioning can do wonders for an athlete in particular and people in general; and it's shocking that more of these guys don't put effort into it. Jen Swanson, I'm talking to you.

I'm encouraged to hear that Rose is investing in Yoga, that's a good sign that he's gaining a deeper understanding of how the body works and how slouching and running like a bat out of hell is tied, even if indirectly, to your knees. It's not all about pumping iron and getting stronger.

Now, off the top of my head I don't specifically recall Rose's running technique, but this video from the Bulls' practice facility shows what appears to be good form. The question is whether or not he does it in games, which Lebron does. I'm pretty sure that Noah, Mr. Plantar Fascitis himself, runs horribly flat footed on the court. Maybe someone can correct me if I'm wrong.

I'm not contending that style of play and sheer bad luck don't play a role in injuries like the ones Rose has had, but it does appear that something as small as learning how to run clearly has an impact. This should be taught in high school at the latest, and any professional athlete should know proper running technique by the time he's in the NBA.

This Google group discusses the matter as well, but maybe some of you can help shed more light on this subject.

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