First of all you may be wondering who the hell is Dr. Mike Clark and what does he know about vibration or foam rolling. Please read below a small snippet of his experience and education.
Named the “Health and Fitness Visionary of the Year” by Men’s Health magazine, Dr. Mike Clark is chief science officer of Sharecare and chief executive officer of the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). An industry leader, he is the creator of NASM’s exclusive Optimum Performance Training™ (OPT) model used by thousands of health and fitness professionals worldwide. Since joining NASM, Dr. Clark’s innovation and leadership have redefined the organization as a global leader and authority in education for fitness, sports performance, and corrective exercise.
Dr. Mike Clark is also recognized as one of the top physical therapists in the world … and he’s entering his 11th season as the team physical therapist for the NBA’s Phoenix Suns. Dr. Mike Clark has also served as a sports medicine consultant and specialist for numerous pro teams and his list of athlete-clients includes MVP’s, All-Stars and Champions from the NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB, MLS and the Olympic games.
• Doctor of Physical Therapy–Rocky Mountain University
• Master of Science—University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
• Bachelors of Science—University of Wisconsin LaCrosse Certifications:
• NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES)
• NASM Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES)
The benefits of foam rolling are widely known by many people, however few know the reasons behind the value in adding vibration to the equation. To simplify, the body’s muscular system functions as a result of connective tissue that provides a network of support and structure for the body: the fascia. The fascia in our bodies determines how we move, our perception of pain, our posture and the overall functionality of our muscular system. When our fascia is compressed through the application of pressure from foam rolling, the golgi tendon organs are stimulated which provides an inhibitory effect on the muscle spindles, allowing for better tissue flexibility. This is commonly referred to as myofascial release, which ultimately prevents muscle aches, improves recovery of the muscles, increases physical mobility, flexibility and thereby our performance.
Combining vibration at a certain frequency with the pressure and muscle stimulation from foam rolling, the nervous system is inhibited as the muscle spindle has a difficult time responding to frequency over 30 HZ. This increases flexibility and range of motion, which should be utilized as part of movement preparation prior to performing a dynamic warm up. Foam rolling and vibration post-activity also helps the muscle recover quicker and improves restoration of the loss of range of motion, which naturally occurs with intense activity.
The VYPER by Hyperice is the first tool that successfully combines high-intensity vibration with a compact outer shell, or “foam” roller, to deliver these optimal results. The VYPER uses a rechargeable high-powered lithium ion battery, (the same type of battery that powers a Tesla), to deliver three different frequency levels through a high-performance air injected (eco-friendly) polypropylene shell. It’s designed to lengthen muscles and increase circulation, helping reduce soreness and stiffness in muscles for better recovery. The VYPER takes the experience of “foam rolling” to another level, and is used by several of the world’s elite professional athletes.
“I’m always looking to challenge and push my body to the next level. The VYPER helps me prepare my body so I can train at a high level and helps me recover faster so I can get back at it the next day. I use the VYPER every day to keep my body in peak condition.” - Adrian Peterson, NFL MVP
“As an athlete I am always looking for the best tools and technology to help keep my body healthy. The VYPER prepares my body for training and helps my muscles recover after games. It is an essential part of my routine and enables my body to perform at the highest level through the grind of a long season. - Blake Griffin, NBA All-Star
After several years of wear and tear on the body, people end up losing range of motion and flexibility and most active people want to regain this range of motion so they can continue to do the things they want to (and used to) be able to do. The VYPER allows one to move better, and help others move better. The effects for those who are active are truly remarkable.