It's pretty hard to find a cyclist (or any athlete) who doesn't have a tight Iliotibial Band (IT Band). The iliotibial band is a strong, thick band of fibrous tissue that runs along the outside of the leg. It starts at the hip and runs along the outer thigh and attaches on the outside edge of the shin bone (tibia) just below the knee joint. The reason why cyclists often experience IT Band tightness is because it works with the quadriceps to provide stability to the outside of the knee joint during movement.....and you know how much moving the knee joint is doing during a ride, right?

This is a video about how to help this out using a foam roller.

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