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Old 07-13-2013, 08:01 PM   #21
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Do you implement stretching or using a foam roller into your training program? If so do you think it helps and why?
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find/prevent issues from interfering with recovery progress

soften tight fascia...not muscle, not tendon, not ligament...fascia

the fascial "bags" interconnect the whole body from foot to head...

fascia dictate how large a muscle can grow

injuries in one part of the body force compensation via the skeletal system and fascial connections and can register anywhere else in he body, but usually in the joint above or below the injured area...it also tends to zig-zag the body....bad left knee? pain in right hip. bad feet can equal neck pain, etc.
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Trying to stretch fascia with a foam roller is a bit like trying to stretch a truck tyre by pressing on it with a spoon. As Paul Ingraham puts it:

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You cannot change the structure of fascia, because it is tougher than Kevlar. If the stuff were thicker, people would be bulletproof
Foam rolling feels good but there isn't much evidence it actually does anything.

I regard my former efforts at stretching my IT band on a roller as misguided at best. But it sure feels pleasant on my back after squats once in a while.
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Trying to stretch fascia with a foam roller is a bit like trying to stretch a truck tyre by pressing on it with a spoon. As Paul Ingraham puts it:

Foam rolling feels good but there isn't much evidence it actually does anything.

I regard my former efforts at stretching my IT band on a roller as misguided at best. But it sure feels pleasant on my back after squats once in a while.
You're fascia is tougher than mine!

As I put it, "When I do it, it works!"

Also, I'm not so much worried about "stretching" the fascia as mobilizing it to reduce adhesion.... of course, other structures benefit from foam rolling
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