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Hi all, Executive Summary: I'm returning to training after concluding my issues have to deal with tight and knotted tissues, and I want to know how to train for strength while continuing my bodywork. For those who want the full story, I've been out for 2 years with costochondritis (probably initiated from missing a muscle up and landing with my sternum on the bar). The 2nd year I also was troubleshooting knee pain. After ruling out everything clinical, I hunted around until I found a sports massage person who has actually been able to make real change. It took a month to get my knees back to pain-free, and I'm starting on the ribs. From my masseuse's reaction, my understanding is I have the worst tissue quality she's seen, and basically all of my muscles are similar. I'm rolling myself out with barbells and lacrosse balls daily, and I think I'm on a good track to full recovery, but I want to make sure I am training sustainably. I have a few questions for the community: 1) How can I train without being counterproductive to improving my tissue quality? 2) What have people found that works for self release / mobilization of the ribs, specifically 2-5, near the sternum? 3) What factors can create this kind of global tissue crappiness? 4) Who are good people, coaches, books, forums, or other resources that would be good for me to consult? Thanks!
Interesting article about training fascia for athletic performance. Also introduces integral role of fascia in movement. I know that coach has discussed fascia training multiple times before. Enjoy: http://www.fasciaresearch.de/Schleip_TrainingPrinciplesFascial.pdf