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Thesis - University Access Only

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Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department / School

Health and Nutritional Sciences

First Advisor

Matthew Vukovich


Foam rolling is an increasingly popular technique of self-myofascial release. Fitness magazines and professionals have made claims that foam rolling can help to benefit an increase in performance. The potential benefits of foam rolling includes increases in range of motion (ROM) and arterial function as well as decreases in recovery time, fatigue, and myofascial pain. While these claims are being made there is no scientific evidence that can conclusively support them. The purpose of this study is to determine the effect of foam rolling on power production collected after both an acute and chronic foam rolling periods. 29 healthy, recreationally or athletically active male subjects participated. 19 total participants completed the acute foam rolling testing trial (age 21 ± 3 years, height 184.6 ± 10.6 cm, mass 98.2 ± 19.2 kg), 16 participants continued on to complete the chronic foam rolling program tests (age 21 ± 3 years, height 186.0 ± 10.5 cm, mass 100.3 ± 19.2 kg), and ten separate participants completed the control trial (age 19 ± 1 years, height 1849.5 ± 4.2 cm, mass 1005.2 ± 17.2 kg). Participant’s maximal isokinetic force production was tested before and after one minute foam rolling of the hamstrings and quadriceps for three sets. Chronic foam rolling was completed for three weeks at two days per week. The control group completed no foam rolling for three weeks. xii A two-way analysis of variance with repeated measures was completed on all dependent variables in the pre-test and post-test tests. There were no significant differences between pre-test and post-test values of peak torque and no significant difference between control and testing groups. In conclusion foam rolling provides no significant benefit or deficit to power production following either an acute or chronic foam rolling period.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Foam rollers (Exercise equipment)
Stretching exercises
College athletes--Training of


Includes bibliographical references (pages 30-33)



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