Be Proactive, Not Reactive When It Comes To Preventing Injuries, Part 2: Foam Rolling

By Chris Lauretani, PT, MS, CSCS, CKTP

As mentioned in last month’s post, running injuries can affect nearly 50-75% of runners throughout the course of a year. Fortunately, most running injuries are considered “overuse” soft tissue injuries and can be easily prevented and in most cases, cured before they present major problems. By following a comprehensive preventative protocol, including properly warming up (last month’s post), proper soft tissue management, stretching and strength training, your body will thank you later. For runners that love to run and only run, this can be challenging, but it beats spending weeks if not months fighting nagging injuries.

FOAM ROLLING

You may have been at the gym recently or glanced across the room during your first therapy session and noticed those cylindrical torture devices called foam rollers. Most people who have never foam rolled hesitate when they think about the activity: will it hurt? I will look stupid! I don’t have time for this, I stretch! ANOTHER thing I need to do before I run!