In this paper, 26 subjects 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).
Fatigue, soreness, and exertion were also measured.
The results were as follows:
- There were no significant differences between foam rolling and planking for all 4 of the athletic tests.
- Post exercise fatigue after foam rolling was significantly less than after the subjects performed planking.
In conclusion, 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.
it’s important to distinguish between training aids that enhance recovery (either perceived or real) vs. those aids that have a specific impact on performance. In this case, let’s not through the baby out with the bathwater – just because foam rolling had no impact on performance, doesn’t mean it serves no purpose at all. If it can boost recovery (even perceived) then the athlete/s may be able to train again in a shorter time frame, and/or with greater quality during subsequent sessions.
Read the article and make your own conclusions :