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both have their place. Stretching is just that but the foam roller breaks up micro adhesions in the muscle fibers from exertion. The foam roller, however, can be a little too agressive on inflamed parts such as the IT band etc.. after a hard event such as a marathon. When faced with that issue, i use the Stick first until I can handle the pressure of the foam roller.

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This article appeared in Competitor magazine and was written by Scott Jurek.

Both foam rolling and stretching can be beneficial and it is hard to pick a winner. The best way to find out which one might be more beneficial would be to have a physical therapist or a massage therapist determine if muscle and tendon flexibility or myofascial restrictions are more of an issue for your body.

If both need work, alternating both methods helps with time constraints. Dedicate foam rolling 2 - 3 times a week and stretching 2 - 3 times per week and you should be covered without using up all of your precious time. Time efficient stretching, it is recommended theat the Active Isolated Stretching technique is used and a 1 to 2 minute or longer prolonged static stretching when a muscle group is extremely tight. Focus on stretching tight areas and foam rolling the others to be efficient.

Have you tried a foam roller? What do you think? I love mine but it has to be coupled with tennis balls for me personally.

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