Foam rollers are an important tool for my own routine as well as my athletes’. I use them for self myofascial release, to help with alignment, to stretch and to release tension. Here I show how to combine pressure from the roller and rotation to achieve a great stretch through the obliques, QL, hip flexors and psoas. Try it!
For example, hockey requires strength, balance and stamina. Without properly engaging the core while skating, leg muscles will fatigue faster resulting in decreased speed. In addition to inhibiting performance, players can often experience pain in the hips, back and even the neck. Left untreated, lingering pain can cause a variety of injuries due to compensatory movements. Muscle strains and tears, stress fractures and damage to tendons and ligaments are some risks associated with a weak core.
A Pilates based core strengthening program can not only help prevent injuries and enhance performance, but can actually significantly decrease pain.