Foam rolling as a recovery tool following an intense bout of physical activity

Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 07/09/2013

Understand the effectiveness of foam rolling as a recovery tool following EIMD, analyzing: thigh girth, muscle soreness, ROM, evoked and voluntary contractile properties, vertical jump, FR–pain, and FR–force. The most important findings of the present study were that FR was beneficial in attenuating muscle soreness while improving vertical jump height, muscle activation, and passive and dynamic ROM in comparison to CON. FR negatively impacted a number of evoked contractile properties of the muscle, except for 1/2 RT and EMD, indicating that FR benefits are primarily accrued through neural responses and connective tissue.

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