Jul
22

Quick Bowling Tips: Use a Foam Roller to Feel Better

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I’m still amazed that relatively few people even know what a foam roller is, let alone use one week in, week out. Using a foam roller has become a staple of many elite athletes and there is no doubt that a bowler can benefit from their use as well. I use mine at least 3 to 4 times per week. It provides a few benefits that are essential for any bowler.

With all of the trainers in the know using them for their clients it seems like a no brainer. Take a look at some of the benefits:

Improves Posture. I spend a lot of my day sitting at a computer. Let’s just say I’m not the nicest guy to my back and my posture. I noticed the more and more thoracic extensions(see demo video below) I did with the foam roller the taller I could stand up. While I’m sure the training itself has some effect on posture I can’t overlook the benefits of that one single move. I can honestly say after only a few months of doing them I was a half inch taller (though I felt as though it was more like 5/8″). Hopefully most of you are beginning to catch my sarcasm. Hint, it was the statement in parenthesis.

Flexibility Benefits. Sometimes stretching just won’t do anything because the muscle tissue quality is piss poor. This is where getting the barnacles off those muscles by rolling them out comes into play. You’ll notice after a good foam rolling session everything feels loose. Flexibility is extremely important so you can get the proper motions in your bowling approach. This is especially important as we age.

Less Pain/Injury. I’ve seen many people train far less intense than me and end up with all kinds of injuries. Ignoring the fact that there are a lot of people doing stupid things in the gym to get themselves into trouble, I’m sure that foam rolling could have helped prevent at least some of those injuries.

Below is a great video of a foam rolling series commonly used at Cressey Performance. These guys train a lot of elite athletes so pay close attention to the motions and the hilarious commentary by Eric Cressey.

You’ll notice that there is use of a ball for those hard to reach areas. A good starting point is a tennis ball and you can work your way up to something as hard as a lacrosse ball (not for the faint hearted).

So what are you waiting for? Go out and pick up a foam roller. You can find the one I use by clicking here. Grab the 6″ by 36″ ROUND. Similarly to the ball, you can work up to a harder foam roller as well. Some of the hardcore even use a PVC pipe to get deep into those muscle tissues.

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