Roll Out The Kinks

- By Selene Yeager

The world would be a better place if all cyclists had the luxury of daily post-ride massage. But with a foam roller, you can pretty much do the job yourself—minus the harp music. “As you roll a muscle back and forth on the dense foam cylinder, it breaks down adhesions and scar tissue,” says Dr Scott Levin sports medicine specialist at Somers Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine. “It also warms and stretches muscles, increases circulation, and prevents soreness.”

Foam rollers come in a variety of lengths. For maximum versatility and effectiveness, we like the 15x90cm size. Prices range from R220 to R475 and can be found at Sportmans Warehouse, Dischem and Wellness Warehouse (Cape Town).

Hamstrings

Sit with your right leg on the roller, left knee bent, hands on the floor behind you. Roll from just above your knee to right below your glute. Switch legs.

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One Response to Roll Out The Kinks

  1. Paige March 24, 2014 at 4:03 pm #

    I love to roll out with my golf ball muscle roller, best roller i have ever used!! Lemme know what you think? http://zzathletics.com/Golf-Ball-Muscle-Roller-Massager-GBMR1.htm

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