Why every athlete should own a foam roller

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Why every athlete should own a foam roller

Bianca Trimboli

Foam rolling is a self-myofascial release technique which is done by simply using your body weight to roll onto the foam roller back and forth. By using a foam roller, your body will benefit from it and so will your bank account. Everyone can have a busy lifestyle and sometimes not having the time to see a healthcare professional means your body/health will suffer, foam rolling can take 5-10 minutes to help reduce any pain you may be feeling at that moment.

Prevents Injury

Staying on top of your injury is crucial. A consistent routine with a combination of foam rolling and stretching can prevent many injuries associated with tightness and overuse.

Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS)

Whether you are an elite athlete or someone trying to get into shape, you’ve probably experienced DOMS. DOMS is the pain and stiffness that can occur 24-48 hours after an intense workout. Foam rolling can dramatically reduce your muscles soreness (DOMS) while enhancing the recovery of muscular performance. If you’re sick of struggling to be able to walk the next day and wonder why your legs are in so much pain after going for a run, foaming rolling post-workout can help reduce your muscle tightness.

Improve Circulation

Having good circulation becomes crucial for your overall health because it can lead to different problems like numbness in your limbs, impaired cognitive ability, and a weak immune system. Myofascial release can help improve your circulations as you use the foam roller to roll over restricted areas to increase blood flow.

If you’re always busy and struggle the next day after a hard workout, I recommend trying foam rolling. It’s a quick an easy self-massage tool which will work for anyone suffering from an injuring or general soreness.