Date of Award


Document Type

Access Controlled Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)



First Advisor

Kevin D. Dames, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Mark Sutherlin, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Lacy Gunn, M.S.


Introduction: Foam rolling is a form of self-myofascial release that reduces adhesions or “trigger points” in the musculature. A dynamic warm-up consists of actions that mimic positions and activate muscles used during exercise or competition. Purpose: The purpose of this study is to compare the effects of a single session of foam rolling with a dynamic warm-up versus a dynamic warm-up alone on countermovement jump height and peak power production. Methods: The study consisted of 25 male and female collegiate soccer players from SUNY Cortland. These individuals participated in a randomized cross-over study that tested vertical jump height (cm) and peak power production (W/kg) via a countermovement jump. Individuals participated in both conditions separated by one week of either a dynamic warm-up only or foam rolling and a dynamic warm-up. Results: Data were analyzed by men and women together and men and women separately across both conditions. No statistical significance was found through the paired samples t-tests and effect sizes were trivial (collectively) but small (men and women separated). This was a consequence of opposing directions of responses in these two groups. Conclusion: Male athletes should use foam rolling and a dynamic warm-up before practice or competition, but female athletes should not due to the possibility of it hindering performance.