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Updated by Jamie de Sylva on Jun 05, 2014
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Foam rolling 101

Some useful for resources for runners to get the most out of foam rolling and speed recovery


Foam Roller Exercise for Your Calves - Runner's World

A roller can be a valuable part of your warmup and cooldown. This Runner's World video shows you how to use a foam roller to work knots out of your calves.

Foam rolling

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Foam rolling - the Wikipedia view

This technique can be effective for many muscles, including: gastrocnemius, latissimus dorsi, piriformis, adductors, quadriceps, hamstrings, hip flexors, thoracic spine ( trapezius and rhomboids), and TFL. It is accomplished by rolling the foam roller under each muscle group until a tender area is found, and maintaining pressure on the tender areas (known as trigger points) for 30 to 60 seconds.

How to use a foam roller: a runner's guide

Most runners will have at least heard of the foam roller, or encountered it in a gym. But many of us - myself included - are a little clueless when it comes to actually using it.

What Is a Foam Roller, How Do I Use It, and Why Does It Hurt?

Self-myofascial release, also known as "foam rolling," has transformed from a once mysterious technique used only by professional athletes, coaches, and therapists to a familiar everyday practice for people at all levels of fitness. Recent information, technology, and affordable products have introduced an increasing array of training and recovery methods to the average person.