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What are the benefits of foam rolling?

 

What are the benefits of foam rolling?

 

In the past few years foam rolling has become very popular.  A foam roller is a great tool to have; it is relatively inexpensive, can be purchased at your local sporting goods store or online and most importantly is an effective piece of equipment that can be integrated with your exercise routine.  Foam rolling is something that can be utilized in your warm up, cool down, or just while you are watching television.  Due to its variety of benefits, foam rolling can be used to prevent injury and increase performance.

 

So what are the benefits of foam rolling?  The main goal of foam rolling is to increase circulation to the area being rolled.  When we roll, we are reducing the number of knots and adhesions in the muscle.  In doing so, we are delivering new blood full of oxygen and nutrients to either offer aid to the areafor repair or to better prepare that area for movement like an upcoming tennis match.  Typically, a foam roller will come with instructions and tips to make sure you are doing it properly.

 

Nick Leader