Stay Loose With A Softball | STACK
Matt Siracusa

Stay Loose With A Softball

August 19, 2010

We all know that softball is a sport played competitively by young women and nostalgically by over the hill guys reliving their glory days. But did you know that the softball itself can be used as a training tool to loosen up muscle?

When you work out, your muscles are vigorously pushed and pulled in all directions, which can leave them in a state of chaos, leading to tightness, cramps or spasms. Many athletes use foam rollers to loosen up tight muscle fibers after a workout. Well, a softball can serve a similar function. Roll it around in areas around the hips and shoulders that are hard to reach with the foam roller. It will help cool down your muscles, prevent post-workout spasms and reduce soreness the day after you train.

Take a look at how The UCLA Bruins football team incorporates softballs into their post-practice cool down.

U.S. Track & Field Sprinter Rodney Martin takes softball rolling a step further by using it on his feet prior to warming up. “Everything stems from your feet,” Martin says. “Like if you have a problem in your knee, it’s probably coming from your feet . . . I use the softball to roll my feet, [and] make sure I loosen up my arches.”

Watch Martin’s simple, yet effective softball pre-warm-up routine.

For more tips on staying loose and stretching muscles, check out our exclusive training articles at STACK.com.

Photo:  getreligion.org

Topics: STRETCHING
Advertisement
Matt Siracusa

Training Centers

FIND A STACK VELOCITY SPORTS
PERFORMANCE LOCATION NEAR YOU

Connect

Advertisement

Resources

STACK Fitness

Everything you need to be the fittest you ever

STACK Conditioning

Sport-specific conditioning programs

Coaches and Trainers

Tips and advice for coaches and trainers

Magazine

Latest issues of STACK Magazine

STACK 4W

Women's sports workout, nutrition and lifestyle advice

Gamer

Gaming, entertainment and tech news

Basic Training

Military-style training for athletes

News

Find the latest news relevant to athletes