Vol. 4, Issue 5 (2019)
To compare the effect of foam roller with static stretching and static stretching only on hamstring muscle length in football players
Author(s): Dr. Sharayu Agre, Dr. Ronika Agrawal
Abstract: Hamstring flexibility is an important aspect for football player. Research has shown decreased hamstring flexibility is major cause of lower limb injury. Passive stretch is traditional way of stretching muscle which involves therapist/coach which may not be available all time. So purpose of this study was to assess if using a foam roller to perform self-induced Myofacial release (SMR) in combination with static stretching on hamstring muscles would have positive effects and in turn increase hamstring muscle flexibility. Recreational football players60 were assessed. Intervention was given 6 days a week for 4 weeks. Outcome measure for study was hamstring flexibility by sit and reach box test. Results suggest that Self Myofacial Release (SMR) gave better results when combined with passive stretching than passive stretching alone. Hence SMR can be recommended for football players.