What is a Runnersball?

Dog toys. Glides for medical walkers. Laundry fluffers. Outside of being used for sport, tennis balls have a variety of everyday uses. In fact, one of the most beneficial ways to use a tennis ball is to alleviate aches and pains, especially those commonly experienced by runners – hence the term runnersball.

Read below to discover how to use your runnersball to alleviate aches and pains so you can get back to doing the things you love to do.

1. Plantar Fasciitis Treatment

Plantar fasciitis can be a real pain in the foot. If you’ve ever had pain in the bottom of your foot with the first few steps out of bed in the morning, you’ve probably had some experience with this painful condition. Find out how a tennis ball could be used to reduce pain associated with plantar fasciitis.  READ FULL POST

2. Ease Muscle Tension

Sedentary jobs, decreased activity levels and increased stress have made us a less mobile population. Our muscles are overactive and tight, creating imbalances in our bodies, which can lead to poor posture, joint pain and a host of avoidable injuries. Check out these three options, including ball rolling, that can help to ease tense, overactive muscles. READ FULL POST

3. Relief for IT Band Syndrome

IT band syndrome is an overuse injury that is common in endurance athletes like runners and bikers. It affects a tissue that runs from the side of your hip all of the way down past your knee. Most of the time, the inflammation manifests itself as pain on the outside of the knee. Watch this video for some tips on how to get relief. READ FULL POST


As you see, there are many uses for a tennis ball outside of playing tennis. If your aches and pains don’t resolve within a week, consider scheduling a free assessment at your nearest Athletico location.

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