From Coach-In-Training Jonathan Madary:
I know you’ve seen them but rarely use them. I’m talking about those black styrofoam rollers that hide under the lounge at BTB. Why should you be foam rolling your body you may be asking? Well, there are numerous benefits with foam rolling that you may not know about. Rollers are the most popular tool used for self myofascial release. What the heck is that? Myofascial release is a hands on technique that therapists use where a low load dragging force is applied to layers of soft tissue in the body for a long duration. After a period of time, the body releases the tissue and mobility between those sliding surfaces is restored.
With that being said, some of the benefits of foam rolling are increased blood flow throughout the body, better movement, and increased range of motion. In return, these benefits provide a decrease in the chance of injury and a decrease in recovery time after a workout. Some important areas to focus on foam rolling are the calves, back, quads, lats, glutes, and hamstrings. The great thing about foam rolling is it doesn’t take much time to perform. Spending 5-10 minutes after a workout is sufficient to gaining those benefits. Treat your body after a workout and keep on rolling!