“In the last decade, self-myofascial release (SMR) has become an increasingly common modality,” and the foam roller has grown in popularity, accordingly (Healey, et.al.; Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research).
“Many individuals involved in sport, exercise, and/or fitness perform self-myofascial release (SMR) using a foam roller, which restores muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, and/or soft-tissue extensibility.” (Okamoto, et.al.; JSCR)
Although foam rolling had no direct effect on performance, individuals using a foam roller reported significantly less feeling of post-exercise fatigue, soreness, and perceived exertion. “The reduced feeling of fatigue may allow participants to extend acute workout time and volume, which can lead to chronic performance enhancements.” (Healey, et.al.)
Additionally, it was determined that “SMR using a foam roller reduces arterial stiffness and improves vascular endothelial function,” (Okamoto, et.al.), resulting in improved peripheral blood flow to muscles.
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