After all of my runs, I'm always sure to incorporate foam rolling as part of my recovery. I get in the routine of "run-roll-stretch", making sure to have a bite of something with a good mix of protein/carbs as I get rolling. Foam rolling is a form of self myofascial release, essentially helping to keep trigger points and scar tissue broken up within the muscle and fascia, allowing greater tissue extensibility, normal function, and normal motion. It will help decrease muscle tension and improve flexibility! The areas that I foam roll most frequently include the iliotibial band (ITB), gluteal muscles/piriformis, quadriceps, hamstrings, and calves. I certainly believe that when used often and correctly, the foam roller can help runners avoid many sport-related injuries. If you're not already doing so, what are you waiting for?? Get rolling!
Nate Tsang, PT
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