Jan 31st, 2010
In spite of the pain they incur, the foam roller has become a popular recovery tool at CFO. Pressure applied with the foam roller releases adhesions ("knots") that form in the muscles–this is called self-myofacial release.
Foam rolling can improve function and performance, and restore proper alignment to your body. Stretching your muscles after you roll them is even more beneficial. After you roll the muscles out, they are more receptive to stretch and restore their proper length.
For those of you who do not know how to foam roll, here are two great videos about foam rolling your lower body. After you gone through these moves, spend just a few minutes stretching your quadriceps and IT band, and notice how much better you feel!
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