Research Review: Foam rolling may reduce post exercise soreness
By Stefanie DiCarrado DPT, PT, NASM CPT & CES
Edited by Brent Brookbush DPT, PT, COMT, MS, PES, CES, CSCS, ACSM H/FS
Original Citation: Macdonald, G.Z., Button, D.C., Drinkwater, E.J., Behm, D.G. (2014) Foam rolling as a recovery tool after an intense bout of physical activity. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise 46(1): 131-142 - ABSTRACT
Foam rolling the quadriceps muscles
Why is this relevant?: Research supports the use of foam rolling as a means of improving muscle ROM prior to exercise with out the loss of force production seen in some static stretching studies (2,3,4). However, the use of this modality as a tool for recovery from physical activity requires further examination -- currently limited evidence exists suggesting foam rolling can limit subjective feelings of muscle fatigue (1). This study provides evidence for the use of foam rolling as a means of reducing post exercise muscle soreness.
|Study Design||Randomized Controlled Trial (RTC)|
|Level of Evidence||Level II: Evidence from at least 1 RTC|