New study supports the use of foam rollers in increasing Range of Motion in Athletes but not Core Stability.
Self myofascial therapy using a foam roller is a common technique used by many athletes and patients. Whilst it is often suggested that foam rolling may be used aid recovery, improve range of motion (R.O.M.), prevent injury and improve core stability its exact effects have not been researched until now. The first study to examine the effect of foam rolling on athletic performance was published in The Journal of Sports Science Medicine 2019 Jun; 18(2): 229–238.