Over the years, we have developed many protocols and methodologies to change people’s movement for both rehabilitation and performance. We wanted to offer recreational athletes and runners the same support system that we were offering elite and professional athletes The methodology for teaching better running technique and speed was developed from working with elite athletes in different sports from studying movement patterns. The movement re-education techniques we utilise are designed to stimulate the brain and the nervous system to change movement maps.
WHERE IT ALL BEGAN
The idea for The Running School™ started in 1991 and was first implemented in 1994. The first speed and rehabilitation centre in the UK was established in 1999, and through its unique set-up it helped people recover from injury, surgery and optimise performance through the integration of physiotherapy, rehabilitation and performance training. This speed and rehabilitation centre has brought in people with neurological issues such as those who have suffered strokes or those who have Cerebral Palsy as well as people with brain injury and acute trauma. It has also brought in many injured elite and professional athletes getting them back to competition after injury or surgery. Protocols have been developed in the treatment of back problems, knee injuries, post-surgery rehabilitation and a range of other sports and occupational conditions. Many health & fitness professionals were interested in learning these methodologies. So the Education division of The Movement & Running School was started.
Mike Antoniades is the founder and Performance & Rehabilitation Director of The Movement & Running School™. Mike began coaching football in 1980 after his football career was cut short by injury. Mike has been a coach for more than 37 years and has worked in the UK, Europe and the USA. He has worked with a number of professional athletes and clubs from different sports including soccer, rugby, basketball, American football and track and field. He is a qualified UEFA A Coach, Speed Coach, Strength & Conditioning Coach and Rehabilitation Specialist. After setting up the first dedicated Speed centre in the UK, he quickly realised that rehabilitation after injury was probably the biggest requirement athletes needed. Mike was very successful in getting athletes back from injury, not only in less time, but faster and stronger. He added physiotherapy services to the centre in 2002 and the company has established a reputation across the UK as the place to go to if you have been injured or want to get faster. Through the years, Mike developed a methodology for teaching speed for sport and was asked to coach at a number of professional football and rugby clubs as well as track & field athletes. Mike wanted to offer recreational athletes and runners the same support system that he was offering elite and professional athletes and he set up The Running School™ as the vehicle to teach people how to run and to teach them how to run faster. In 2008, he completed the first phase of the Dynamic Movement Skills methodology and The Running School™ Franchise operations were launched in 2009.