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J Hum Kinet. 2017 Jun 22;57:97-105. doi: 10.1515/hukin-2017-0051. eCollection 2017 Jun.

The Effect of Foam Rolling on Recovery Between two Eight Hundred Metre Runs.

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Salem State University352 Lafayette Street, Salem, MA, USA.
Springfield College, 263 Alden Street, Springfield, MA, USA.


With the increased popularity of foam rolling as a means of recovery, it is important to establish the exact manner in which the practice is useful. The purpose of this study was to examine the impact of foam rolling on recovery between two 800 m runs. Sixteen trained males (mean ± sd; age, 20.5 ± .5 yr; average 800 m treadmill run time, 145.2 ± 1.8 s) participated in the study, using a randomized, crossover design. The subjects completed two 800 m runs on a treadmill, separated by a 30 min rest, during which time a foam rolling protocol or passive rest period was performed. The speed of each run was as fast as possible. Subjects had access to speed controls, but were blinded to the actual speed. Blood lactate concentration and [Formula: see text]CO2 were measured prior to and following each run. Stride length, 800 m run time, and hip extension were measured during each run. [Formula: see text]CO2, stride length, 800 m run time, and hip extension were not significantly different between conditions (p > .05). For blood lactate, no statistical interaction was found between condition and time (p > .05). Foam rolling between two 800 m runs separated by 30 min performed by trained male runners does not alter performance.


foam rolling; lactate; range of motion

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