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Tennis Elbow Cause and Fixes

March 25, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 173

I have played tennis pretty much my whole life. I started so young that I don't even remember how old I was. I had a successful juniors career and then played on scholarship in college. After playing college tennis I got the opportunity to coach a college team and took it. Being around tennis so much I have learned how to fix the more common injuries in tennis. Don't get me wrong I am far from being a medical professional of any sort. Anything I say here should be taken as information only and not advice. If you are experiencing pain of any kind you should go talk to a doctor and make sure there is nothing more serious than tennis elbow going on.

There are a few different causes of tennis elbow. The first I always look at is the player's equipment. Surprisingly a light racket is more likely to cause tennis elbow. The reason behind this is that the weight of the racket absorbs the impact of the ball. So a heavier racket absorbs more than a lighter racket thereby protecting your elbow and shoulder. If the player is experiencing elbow pain and has been evaluated by our athletic trainer then I will add weight to the racket. This is easy using lead tape. Lead tape is just a strip of lead with a sticky back. The secret here is to add more of the weight in the handle of the racket rather than the head. Add it little by little, letting the player try it out first before adding more.

The next thing to look at is the technique of the player. This is more complicated so I won't go into much detail here but I would advise you to seek out a tennis teaching pro and have him look at your form. A few things too look for are how tight the player is gripping the racket, contact point and if they have a full follow through. There are other problems with technique that can cause this but these are the most common ones that I have seen.

The last cause is one I see a lot in August when my players are coming back from summer break. When the player hasn't been playing regularly and start playing a lot their muscles aren't used to the strain. I can always tell which players played during the summer and which didn't. In this case there are some exercises that can be done to strengthen the muscles in the forearm. A search on the internet will easily pull up various different exercise programs you could do.

All three cures won't fix the pain immediately. The cure to fix the immediate pain is the same for all three sources. First is ice the elbow after playing. You should put ice on it for 20 minutes and shut down the swelling. A regimen of an anti inflammatory medicine is another must. Ibuprofen or Naproxen are two good ones. Follow the instructions on the bottle and take them for about a week.

Another good thing to relieve the pain is a good tennis elbow brace.

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