The Effects of Myofascial Release With Foam Rolling on Performance

Healey, Kellie C.; Hatfield, Disa L.; Blanpied, Peter; More
Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. 28(1):61-68, January 2014.
This study on Foam Rollers studies it’s efficiency, according to the paper self-myofascial release has become an increasingly common modality to supplement traditional methods of massage, so a masseuse is not necessary.
However, there are limited clinical data demonstrating the efficacy or mechanism of this treatment on athletic performance. The purpose of this study was to determine whether the use of myofascial rollers before athletic tests can enhance performance.
The study design was a randomised crossover design in which subject performed a series of planking exercises or foam rolling exercises and then performed a series of athletic performance tests (vertical jump height and power, isometric force, and agility).
Please continue reading for the results and outcomes