Jogging & Running/foam rollers

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Do you know anything about foam rollers? I am looking into getting one in order to massage my shins in order to avoid such bad shin splints. My understanding is that there are different levels of rollers, blue being a medium level of hardness and black being very solid. Do you think a medium level or a very high density would be best for massaging shins?

I appreciate any advice.
Thanks,
Rachel

Answer
Good question Rachel. I strongly suggest the blue one. The muscle your massaging is your anterior tibialis which can be pretty sore. The goal is to get rid of any trigger points and prevent any from forming and the softer one will do it for you and be less painful.

Please let me know if you have any other questions. Good luck running and not having shin splints!

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Nick Rainey

Expertise

I can answer questions about pain and training program. If there is a question about running that I don't know then I'll do some research and make sure I provide you with an answer.

Experience

I'm a Doctor of Physical Therapy. I'm a track and cross country coach. I train clients throughout the year. I've helped prepare athletes for their NFL Pro Days. I've written articles on running. Finally, those that I work with have less pain and run faster.

Organizations
American Physical Therapy Association- Sports Section

Publications
The 6 Week Workout Program- I'm the author of this book Research Made Simple for Physical Therapists- I'm the author of this Kindle book

Education/Credentials
Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Doctor of Physical Therapy BS in Exercise Science NSCA- CSCS and CPT USA Weightlifting Level I NPI- Certified Posture Specialist Total Motion Release Level II Certified Dry Needling

Awards and Honors
National Posture Institute's International Perfect Posture of the Year Award 2011 Clinical Excellence Award- Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions Aegis Therapies Scholarship recipient

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