A Running Times story comparing some popular self-massage tools for runners says
The Stick is known as the toothbrush for muscles. The Quadballer, on the other hand, is like a dental tool.
I got turned on to the Quadballer only recently, when searching for a step up from my beloved/much-hated (it’s one of those relationships) foam roller to soothe my often-sore IT band. As soon as I started reading about its hurts-so-good powers, I had to have it. Thanks to a friend with a Trigger Point discount, I bought a Quadballer for a price that fits my race-registration-depleted budget, and it arrived at my front door last week.
The patented material the Quadballer is made from aims to simulate the feeling of an actual massage, and man, does it ever! The diagrams show its usage to be very similar to a foam roller, but this baby ain’t no comfy, cushy foam roller. There’s a reason why the instructional materials note that runners should only spend three to five minutes on each exercise — any more, and you’ll risk bruising.
For that reason, my first night with the Quadballer was kind of difficult. I didn’t seriously overdo it; I just didn’t realize the extent to which a little goes a long way. I used to spend a good 30 minutes lolling around on the foam roller to work out post-run kinks. With the Quadballer, it’s more like five minutes, which is yet another reason to invest in one. It’s too soon to tell whether it’s the definitive cure to my IT band problems. But I can already tell it’s helping, and can a runner ask for anything better than that?
Have you tried this magical little instrument of torture? Any tips, praise or warnings to pass along?