Five Benefits of Using a Foam Roller

Five Benefits of Using a Foam Roller

By Keenan Robinson//USA Swimming National Team High Performance Director  | Thursday, May 11, 2017

In honor of National Foam Rolling Day, here are five benefits of using a foam roller before and after practice from USA Swimming's National Team High Performance Director Keenan Robinson. 

  1. Decreases Muscle Stiffness: foam rolling removes local muscle tightness, but still leaves them responsive enough to train
  2. Reduced pain: the ischemic pressure provides temporary pain relief
  3. Relaxation: foam rolling improves the autonomic nervous system by allowing the body return to parasympathetic state(rest and digest) post training
  4. Activation: foam rolling may modulate certain muscle tissue tone prior to training to provide an aid in the warm up process
  5. Convenient: a foam roller is a piece of beneficial equipment(just like a great kick board and hand paddles) that a swimmer can use throughout their career and is easy to travel with



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