The foam roll as well as the massage stick are not only a great tools but a "must have" for any Karateka and dojo. Both serve as a valuable tools for your recovery and muscle hygiene. The use of a foam roll can be for rehab, prevention and management of chronic problem areas. Foam rolling is a form of self-tissue massage (called self-myofascial release) that can be very helpful to recover from a strenuous workout. It helps to relax tight muscles and can massage out those “knots” (adhesions) that arise from inactivity, overload or repetitive moves/activities. The foam roll helps to restore the muscle to its original length by relaxing it, which is crucial to keep muscles in balance (reciprocal inhibition vs. altered reciprocal inhibition). Golgi Tendons (Golgi Tendons connect muscle to the bones) sense your muscle tension and respond through the pressure of the foam roll with muscle relaxation. This response is caused by your own body weight resting against the foam roll. Five to ten minute sessions before your workout routine are ideal. Foam rolling with static stretching can be a great way to recover and to relax on a day off. Any athlete can help to prevent injuries and with that stay longer in the game with the help of the foam roll by putting it into the workout routine!