23 Sep '17, 4pm
Foam rolling? Do it right by avoiding these 10 mistakes:
Why it’s bad: The most fundamental foam rolling mistake a person can make, says Perkins, is not properly understanding why she or he is foam rolling—and not making sure that the foam roller is the right tool. Simply rolling out muscles because that’s what you always do, or because you’ve seen other people do it, is an easy path to accidental injury. What to do instead: Clearly outline your fitness goals before foam rolling. Are you trying to improve performance, facilitate recovery, prevent injury, or do you have another goal in mind? Next, make sure the foam roller is the most effective tool for the job. Perkins notes that other techniques like stretching or massage therapy may be more appropriate. If you feel you can’t properly and safely determine your needs, it’s time to seek professional advice.