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Foam Rollers – Serious Massage Work

I talked to a buddy of mine yesterday about my tweaked knee and tight hip. He is an ultra running veteran that has had to deal with all kinds of running injuries so he provided a bit of wisdom.

He mentioned how beneficial foam rollers (Perform Better – top site I found after a quick search) have been for him as a general injury preventative tool. Ok, never used them before but I had seen the rollers at my club so I decided to give it a try after my run this morning.

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“Oh, mama!”, was running through my head as I rolled along my IT band and other tender spots. Ouch, Ouch, Ouch! I had the feeling I was doing some serious deep tissue massage. I worked both legs for about 20 minutes and when I got up, it was amazing how much looser my legs felt. I also felt some tingling sensations like they have had some major massage work done on them. I was pumped!

It was very interesting, throughout the whole day my knee and hip felt much better and I really feel it was due to the foam roller pounding I went through in the morning. I am going to start adding this roller work to my weekly routine because I have a feeling it is going to help many aspects of my training.

If you have never used foam rollers, you just might want to give them a try. Perform Better also has a free Foam Roller guide to give you the inside scoop on how to use them.

For those have have used the rollers, what are your thoughts on them?

What other recovery tools have worked good for you?

Happy Training!

About the author

David Hanenburg David Hanenburg is the passionate dirt-lovin' creator of Endurance Buzz and has been playing in the endurance sports world since 2000 after knockin' the dust off of his Trek 950 hardtail thanks to a friend asking to go ride some local dirt. In 2007 he ran his first ultra on the trails and fell in love with the sport and its people. For more information on David's endurance sports journey, check out the About page.

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