Is your jumping not as powerful as you know it can be?
If the sport you play has a lot of side-to-side movement or jumping, you may be feeling this pain a time or two during the game. In fact, many soccer athletes report this kind of muscle pain, as do volleyball, lacrosse, field hockey, and basketball players. These athletes are jumping, blocking across a net, dodging in and out of defensive player attacks, and making many quick maneuvers sideways and even up and down movements. It looks exciting, however, it can also result in a painful type of muscle injury.
This kind of pain is caused by fascial adhesions in the small adductor muscle called the Adductor Brevis, located on the upper inside of our leg or groin area. The Adductor Brevis is a small muscle but plays a huge role when the movements involve jumping, rotation, and stabilizing other adductor muscles. It’s a hard to reach area if used with a typical stretching and foam roller. And if neglected, can cause a lot of tightness, discomfort, and adhesions in the fascia surrounding and protecting the muscle.
Typically, we just focus on the “main” muscles areas like the back, glutes, calf, and shoulders. But what about smaller muscles? Like the Hamstrings or the Adductor Brevis, these areas tend to get neglected because they aren’t considered as a major muscle group but they can seriously impede our ability to play if neglected. They help stabilize those “big” muscles. They also have critical connection points, like the groin and knees. Such is the case of the Adductor Brevis. And it’s important to target those smaller areas as well, to keep the muscles working efficiently.
For such type of muscle soreness, it’s recommended to use a portable, take-n-go roller, specifically designed to reach the Adductor Brevis muscle. It can also address the soreness in the Hamstrings and remove the fascial adhesions often found there, the athlete can then experience relief from the pain and gain a better performance in every game.