Soccer is a demanding sport that requires a lot of physical exertion from young players. Intense training and matches can lead to muscle soreness and stiffness, which can impede performance and increase the risk of injury. One way to alleviate these symptoms and improve recovery is through the use of a foam roller.
Foam rolling, also known as self-myofascial release (SMR) is a technique where a person uses a foam roller to massage their muscles. This can help to increase blood flow, reduce muscle tension, improve flexibility and range of motion, and break up adhesions or knots in the muscles. These benefits can help to reduce muscle soreness, improve muscle function, and reduce recovery time.
A study published in the Journal of Athletic Training in 2016 found that foam rolling helped to reduce muscle soreness and improve range of motion in youth soccer players after a game. Another study published in the International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy in 2017 found that foam rolling helped to improve muscle recovery and reduce muscle soreness in youth soccer players after a training session.
At Incline Health Leichhardt, we understand the importance of recovery for youth soccer players. That’s why we have developed a comprehensive rolling recovery program specifically tailored for young soccer players. Our program includes exercises that focus on the key muscles used in soccer such as the quads, hamstrings, glutes, and IT band. Our program is designed to be progressive, so players will gradually increase the intensity and complexity of the exercises as their strength and stability improves.
At Incline Health Leichhardt, our team of experienced physiotherapists and exercise physiologists will work closely with each player to ensure that they are performing the exercises correctly and safely. They will also monitor each player’s progress and adjust the program as needed to ensure that they are always challenging themselves and making progress.
Incorporating foam rolling into a youth soccer player’s recovery routine can have a significant impact on their performance and well-being. Using a foam roller can help to reduce muscle soreness, improve muscle function, and reduce recovery time. At Incline Health Leichhardt, we are committed to providing youth soccer players with the tools and resources they need to stay healthy and perform at their best. Our rolling recovery program is specifically designed to meet the needs of youth soccer players and is led by a team of experienced physiotherapists and exercise physiologists. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help your young soccer player recover from intense training and matches.