For an athlete, taking care of muscles is important and it should be part of his routine. In addition to a proper warm up, recovery after training and a lot of stretching, you should go periodically to a physiotherapist for a sport massage.
But there is another method to not knock at his door devastated with muscles contracture: the Foam Roller
What is a foam roller?
Generally, it is a plastic/polystyrene tube on which you roll with basically each muscles groups.
There are a lot of Foam Roller models, make sure that it is not too soft: the harder the better (and the more painful, unfortunately)!
Why you should use it?
- It helps reducing muscles contracture without going nowhere but at home.
- Foam Roller doesn’t substitute a good physiotherapist’s work, let me be clear, but could help preventing injuries caused by excessive muscles tension.
- Improve blood circulation.