Foam Rolling Study

Posted: 14th May 2012 by Jon in Exercise and Fitness, Movement, Strength

 And we’re off! Here’s an initial study on effects of foam rolling.

 

Foam Rolling Study

However, it was a small sample size, but an important first step for this research. In addition, the first thing I looked for was the authors. Behm is great researcher who has provided exceptional papers and reviews on a variety of topics in the past. First, I am very happy to see, finally the proliferation of foam rolling within research, aside from the everlasting anecdotal reports. I’ve a big advocate and proponent of foam rolling and want to see it proven effective and is used by so many individuals, patients and athletes. But, based on this study, it didn’t demonstrate any direct effects on the “myofascia”. Because of the small sample size and design, it does limit what conclusions we can draw, at this time. Nonetheless, people need think critically. I can guarantee those that discourage the use of foam rolling will view this study as “I told you so”, while those that encourage it’s use and application will fill it with praise and devotion. However, both groups need to have a more clearer understanding about the research process and that one simple study does not provide nearly the amount of consensus that is needed. Foam rolling has become one of the biggest “bashing” trends recently in the industry, for whatever reason. Let’s not get too excited and start shouting from the roof tops. Instead, we need to approach this in a clear cut scientific manner and establish more in depth questions including mechanisms of action (if there are any, if so which ones), foam rolling positional differences and muscle groups (i.e. quads, lats, triceps, adductors, pronators, etc, larger sample sizes. More is warranted and once literature is provided, then hopefully these questions become answered, then we move forward.