It’s very simple: Treat the root, strengthen the glute.
If I only had a dollar for every time I heard someone tell me that their coach has advised them to use a foam roller to fix their Iliotibial (IT) Band issues. The bad thing is that won’t fix it, the good news is that simple anatomy and physiology 101 will!
The IT band is a long tissue that attaches at your knee and to a muscle called the tensor fascia latae (TFL) on your hip. Don’t worry, there’s no spelling quiz, but it’s important to understand the anatomy part because often times the IT band tightens up when your TFL is overused. In the absence of stability from your glute (butt) muscles, your body turns to the TFL, but it’s a poor substitute. When the TFL becomes overly stressed, it pulls on that IT band. So no matter how much you stretch, it won’t loosen up because your TFL keeps putting tension through the band.
You need to address the root of the problem… weak glutes.
Now get to building up those glutes, strength and stability are vital to every sport in order to help prevent injuries!
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