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Old 05-10-2013, 10:48 AM   #1
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Default How Does Foam Rolling Work

I'm not sure I buy into this entirely (or understand it fully for that matter), but there's some good stuff here and it's food for thought:

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Old 05-15-2013, 05:52 PM   #2
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When muscles are continuously worked they become more and more tight. The tissue may create adhesions under the fascia and develop "knots" within the muscle. This will inhibit the potential length the muscle can be stretched and, in turn, cause mobility restrictions.

There is a good article on foam rolling by Jennifer Wilson in the 100th issue of the Performance Menu that you can download for free at www.performancemenu.com
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Old 05-18-2013, 05:20 AM   #3
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Actually, that was a link in my original post. Let's try it this way:

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Old 05-19-2013, 12:10 PM   #4
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You're just going to have to check the sources of the article. If the sources seem credible then do what you believe. It sounds like the author is giving his opinions on if foam rolling is even something that works.

Personally, I am not a follower of the "Rolfers" and the "Feldenkrais" ways so I am not bought in on what this article is portraying.
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Old 06-23-2013, 12:04 PM   #5
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Honestly, it doesn't seem like the foam roller can produce the benefits of releasing trigger points like the hands on approach does. Localized areas of "knotted" tissue require other means.

However, I do see one glaring benefit to foam rolling. The best athletes in the world are usually parasympathetic dominant, while most others can't seem to get back into a parasympathetic state to recover fully; hence one of the many reasons elite athletes can do more work per session more often. Foam rolling acts as a superficial massage technique which is related to activating the parasympathetic system. Additionally, research shows the body begins releasing catecholamines PRIOR to the beginning of exercise to stimulate your sympathetic system in anticipation of training.

So, to me at least, this says foam rolling before training could essentially be counter-productive in terms of stimulating the body to train and that foam rolling post-training could act as a tool to return to a parasympathetic state and begin recovering quicker and more efficiently.
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