Foam rolling and self-myofascial release, Strength & Conditioning Research.
Effects of self-myofascial release: A systematic review, International Journal of Sports and Physio Therapy 2015 Apr; 10(2): 203–212. "SMFR appears to have a range of potentially valuable effects for both athletes and the general population, including increasing flexibility and enhancing recovery."
Journal of Athletic Training 2015;50:133–140. Roller massage induced muscle activity, increased ROM and neuromuscular efficiency.
Strength & Conditioning Research 2015;29:2397–2403 (Publish Ahead of Print). "Foam rolling received positive reception and perceived improvements in hip extension. The findings indicate that repeated foam rolling is beneficial, both objectively and subjectively, for increasing range of motion immediately preceding a dynamic activity."
Short-term effects of self-massage combined with home exercise on pain, daily activity, and autonomic function in patients with myofascial pain dysfunction syndrome. Journal of Physical Therapy Science 2015;27:217–221. "Treatment with physical modalities plus combination of self-massage and home exercise is more effective than the physical modalities treatment alone."
The effect of self-myofascial release using a foam roll or roller massager on joint range of motion, muscle recovery, and performance: A systematic review. International Journal of Sports and Physio Therapy 10(6): 827-38. "The results of this analysis suggests that foam rolling and roller massage may be effective interventions for enhancing joint ROM and pre and post exercise muscle performance."
The effect of foam roller exercise and nanoparticle in speeding healing of sport injuries. Journal of American Science 2013; 9:450–458. "The increase of flexibility variables indicated a positive effect of foam roller exercise, drug (Omega 3,6,9,vitaminE ) of the specificity principle applied, taking account the individual variations."
The effects of myofascial release with foam rolling on performance, Strength & Conditioning Research 2014; 28(1): 69-73 "Post exercise fatigue after foam rolling was significantly less than after the subjects performed planking (p ≤ 0.05). The reduced feeling of fatigue may allow participants to extend acute workout time and volume, which can lead to chronic performance enhancements. However, foam rolling had no effect on performance."
The immediate effect of bilateral self myofascial release on the plantar surface of the feet on hamstring and lumbar spine flexibility: a pilot randomized controlled trial. Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies 2015;19:544–552. "An immediate clinical benefit of SMR on the flexibility of the hamstrings and lumbar spine was indicated and suggestions for methodological improvements may inform future research."
Specific and crossover effects of massage for muscle soreness: randomized controlled trial. International Journal of Sports and Physio Therapy 2014;9:82–91 "Massage with a roller device reduces muscle soreness and is accompanied by a higher PPT of the affected muscle."
Effect of self-myofascial release on reduction of physical stress: a pilot study. Journal of Physical Therapy Science 2014;26:1779–1781. "The Self-myofascial release induced with a foam roller did not affect the reduction of stress."
Foam rolling as a recovery tool after an intense bout of physical activity. Medical Science Sports Exercises. 2014;46:131–142. "The most important findings of the present study were that FR was beneficial in attenuating muscle soreness while improving vertical jump height, muscle activation, and passive and dynamic ROM in comparison with control."
An acute bout of self-myofascial release increases range of motion without a subsequent decrease in muscle activation or force. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research 2013; 27(3): 812–821 "In conclusion, an acute bout of SMR of the quadriceps was an effective treatment to acutely enhance knee joint ROM without a concomitant deficit in muscle performance."
Effect of foam rolling and static stretching on passive hip-flexion range of motion. Journal of Sport and Rehabilitation. 2014;23:296–299.
Acute effects of self-myofascial release using a foam roller on arterial function. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research 2014;28:69–73 "These results indicate that SMR using a foam roller reduces arterial stiffness and improves vascular endothelial function."
Foam rolling for delayed-onset muscle soreness and recovery of dynamic performance measures. Journal of Athletic Training 2014;50:5–13. "Foam rolling effectively reduced DOMS and associated decrements in most dynamic performance measures."
Is Self Myofascial Release an Effective Preexercise and Recovery Strategy? A Literature Review. Current Sports Medicine Reports 14(3):2 00-208.
"SMR appears to have a positive effect on range of motion and soreness/fatigue following exercise."
Comparing the effects of self-myofascial release with static stretching on ankle range-of-motion in adolescent athletes. International Journal of Sports and Physio Therapy 2015;1:203–21.
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