The Impact of Foam Rolling on Hip Range of Motion in Division I Athletes
Arts and Sciences
Foam rolling has various uses throughout the athletic world. This study aimed to investigate the impact of foam rolling on hip range of motion (ROM). This study compared a foam rolling with stretching group to a control group of stretching only. Participants consisted of healthy Division I male athletes at a small Midwest University (n=30). Participants were randomly assigned to the control group (n=15) or the foam roll group (n=15). The control group performed four static hamstring stretches, held for 30 seconds with 30 seconds’ rest on their non-dominant leg. The foam roll group massaged their hamstring from the ischial tuberosity to the inferior portion of the popliteal fossa for 3 sets of 1 minute with 30 seconds’ rest. Following the foam rolling participants did the same stretching routine as the control group. The hip ROM of the foam rolling group (M=8.88, SD=6.47) was not significantly better than the stretching only group (M=6.09, SD=4.26), t(30)=1.40, p>.05, d=0.093. The null hypothesis was accepted, no difference between the groups were found. These results suggest that foam rolling is no better than a standard stretching routine in improving athletes ROM.
Mythen, Sarah, "The Impact of Foam Rolling on Hip Range of Motion in Division I Athletes" (2018). Symposium on Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression (SOURCE). 743.