It seems that every runner talks about how they foam roll or that they aren’t foam rolling enough but should do it more.
Keep this in mind, I believe that it is a placebo and that companies want to sell foam rollers and they make us believe that they help.
Feel free to disagree. I’m sure that most of you will.
Like anything else, if you Google it, you will find the answers that you want.
Foam Rolling is a waste of time:
Foam Rolling is essential:
So even if you are belong to Pro Foam Roller camp, here are ways not to spend a lot of money on these
- Tennis Ball
- 4 inch diameter PVC pipe for less than 1 dollar.
- from Walmart, the thickest swimming pool foam tube (pool noodle), which is about 4 inches in diameter
- 3 golf balls into a thin cotton sock
- Lacrosse Ball
So I wrote this post prior to my recent leg injury.
Many of you may want to say, “If you foam rolled after that half marathon, you would not have gotten injured.”
Maybe not. I did not foam roll after my previous 33 half marathons and no leg pain. My chiro agrees with me and attributes the injury to walking on the beach which uses muscles that we don’t use often added to 13.1 miles of running and 2 hours garden walking – Yes, an overuse injury.
As with compression, she says to do what you normally do and it works if you believe it to work.
Since today is Tuesday, I’m also linking up with these ladies.
Happy Running! Aye or Nay to Foam Rollers?