A Foam roller is a tool used by athletes and in particular runners to target overworked muscles through soft tissue therapy or myofascial release.
Using a foam roller can help prevent injury and improve performance through the increase of flexibility and the decrease of muscle tensionl
Using a foam roller can provide similar benefits as deep tissue massage and can give succesful healing and prevention from injury .
The iliotibial band , running on the outside of the leg from the hip to just below the knee, is particularly well treated by using a foam roller. This is a good way of preventing some running injuries which affect the knee.