A recent article in ACA News summarized two newly published research articles out of Canada that studied the effects of myofascial rolling and flexibility and performance. The two studies both showed that myofascial rolling (using a foam roller) for as little as two minutes provided a significant increase in range of motion, without a detrimental decrease in muscle strength. Myofascial rolling.
The concept behind these findings is that rolling is thought to help compress the muscular and fascia tissues, and aid in breaking up any small adhesions located in the muscles and their surrounding fibers. This is especially useful information for athletes, and this can be a good technique to incorporate before and after a sporting event.