About a decade ago, Foam Rollers were like this weird foam piece of equipment that most athletes had no clue how to use. Today the Foam Roller is more readily available, but there is still one problem…Most athletes do not know how to use one.
Here is a brief explanation of not only what a Foam Roller is, but how, when, and why you should use it:
What is Foam Rolling? Foam Rolling is a self-myofascial release (SMR) technique that is used by athletes to inhibit overactive muscles. This form of stretching improves soft tissue extensibility, but also relaxes the muscle to allow activation of the antagonist muscle
How do I use a Foam Roller? To apply the techniques are very simple. Foam Rolling uses pressure on a specific surface of the body. You should always apply pressure to sensitive areas in their muscles that are called Trigger Points, or knots.
The use of the Foam Roller has taken us from an acupressure approach to my reason from Foam Rolling which is self-massage. The roller is now usually used to apply longer more sweeping strokes to muscle groups like the calves, adductors, and quadriceps. You may also use it in a small directed force on areas like the TFL (Tensor Fasciae Latae), hip rotators, and glute medius.