Foam Rolling Science Made Simple

On Monday I mentioned that myofascial restrictions may prevent your stretching from being effective. If you missed the post, check it out here:

3 Reasons Not to Stretch Tight Muscles

Through my work at Endeavor, I’ve found that most people still aren’t familiar with foam rolling.

When they ask me what it does, I use the same explanation I’ve heard Michael Boyle use:

Your muscles have similar elastic properties as a rubber band. Think about tying a knot in a rubber band. What happens when you pull it from both sides (stretch it)? If you actually take a rubber band and do this, you’ll notice that the knot will get tighter and the areas on both sides of the knot will become thinner/weaker.  In other words, the whole thing will elongate, but the knot gets worse and the areas on both sides of the knot become damaged.

If you simply remove the knot (untie the band), the overall length of the band will increase and it will extend much more efficiently. This is a more desirable alternative, and the reason we foam roll.

Rolling out knots/myofascial restrictions will improve the length and extensibility of the muscle without stretching it in the traditional sense.  It will also cause you to respond better to stretching.

Seems like a win-win to me!

To your success,

Kevin Neeld

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