News & Tips|Oct. 4, 2021, 11:55 p.m. | 23
The TCT's Favorite Recovery Tools
Hear from NCAA athletes & TCT members about what they love to use to recover!
A few weeks ago we announced the launch of a new collegiate group of student-athlete ambassadors for the Trackster app & brand called the Trackster Collegiate Team. We've been really excited to see the support of this new group and the overall hype that has come from the NCAA's changes regarding NIL rules! Our goal here is to highlight these fantastic athlete's personalities, training philosophies and much more through our blogs and social media!
This first blog is focused on a few of the TCT's favorite tools and routines for the always important pillar of recovery. These athletes represent universities all over the country and you can follow along with their daily training in the free Trackster app. Make sure to give these recovery recommendations a shot with your own running and let us know what you think!
My favorite tool for recovery isn’t one you’ll find at your local running store. For this one you’ll have to swing by Lowe’s. I’ve found that using PVC pipe for MFR (Myofascial release) is great for treating those extra tight spots aggressively. Especially on the IT band, adductors, and quads. If you wanna do MFR:
- Roll on pipe until you find a tight spot.
- Hold pressure for up to 2 minutes for max benefit and blood flow to the area.
- Release and repeat as needed.
There are so many new gadgets for runner recovery!! My recent obsession is this wooden foot roller from Amazon! It’s the TheraFlow Dual Foot Massager. It even comes with a chart showing the different pressure points on your feet. Running every day and walking a bunch to my classes really puts a lot of stress on my feet! I have also struggled with plantar fasciitis in the past and this roller alleviates it super well for sure. Tightness in your feet is a common runner issue and it seems to be ignored! I love rolling my feet out at night after a long day, it’s become my new favorite way to recover.
The RECOUP CRYOSPHERE is by far my favorite recovery tool. The combo of ice and massaging in one tool is a no brainer. It works as a myofascia release and a deep tissue massage. The RECOUP CRYOSPHERE is portable which is convenient to bring to practices/races. Also, it stays cold for 6+ hours. It has been extremely helpful in combating my plantar fasciitis. 11/10 recommend! You can find it on amazon or on http://recoupfitness.com
Recently I’ve made an exciting addition to my recovery tool family. FireFly is a brand new technology from the UK in which strips attach just below the knee and stimulate the peroneal nerve. In a sensation comparable to muscular e-stim, it rapidly increases microsimulation and blood flow to kick starts the body’s recovery process. I love them because when we travel I step off the bus or tarmac feeling poppy and fresh- rather than flat and sore. They’re easy to use and incredibly convenient.
How It Works: 1. Stimulates the nerve 2. Leg muscles contract 3. Blood flow increases 4. Up to 400% increase in microcirculatory blood flow
How To Use: 1. Peel strips 2. Attach along bone protruding along side of leg just below the knee 3. Hit the + or - button to settle into one of the 7 intensity levels 4. Move around, relax, or go wherever for 2-4 hours and then remove!