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    Foam Rollers - Gimmick or Decent Way To Recover?

    Hi guys,

    I am new here and searched the forum for this topic - however most posts were a fair few years old.

    I am looking to invest in a foam roller after getting some feedback from some buddies that they're a great recovery tool - but wanted to see what you guys thought? A few other people I've spoken too have said total waste of money - but I have my eyes on a vibrating one which promises to reduce the time I suffer with DOMS....

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    Stretching and foam rolling do not aid recovery or mitigate DOMS as far as we are aware.

    They can have a benefit for people that are too stiff or have trigger points that prevent them training without problems - in which case do the foam rolling before doing the exercise in question. Eg. in the past I have foam rollered quads before squatting but now I don't need to.
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    Originally Posted by SuffolkPunch View Post
    Stretching and foam rolling do not aid recovery or mitigate DOMS as far as we are aware.

    They can have a benefit for people that are too stiff or have trigger points that prevent them training without problems - in which case do the foam rolling before doing the exercise in question. Eg. in the past I have foam rollered quads before


    squatting but now I don't need to.
    Agreed, I've had good results with the foam roller, they don't help with recovery, but to reduce stiffness and target larger muscle groups they work well.
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    Agree with the above.

    To add, it's a form of massage, not magic. It can make tight muscles feel better and that's about it. I like them on occasion.
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