THE.DREADED.TENNIS.ELBOW. It can be one of the most annoying injuries to deal with, but luckily there are a few effective ways to manage it and get you back playing pain free!
1. GET IT STRONG
This is the number one. If every tennis player did this , tennis elbow wouldn’t be called TENNIS elbow (ok, maybe a slight exaggeration!). The muscles that are involved with tennis elbow are responsible to grip the racket, adjust your wrist angle on contact and generate power from the backswing to the follow through – all at the same time! The stronger those muscles are, the better it will cope with those high loads.
2. Decrease your string tension
Dropping 5-10lbs of tension can get you up to a 20% decrease in force through the elbow. A more open string pattern and using gut/nylon strings (compared to polyester and nylon strings) can also get you some improvements as well.
3. Changing your technique
Tennis elbows are more commonly related to the backhand, especially for those proud one-handers out there. Things we often look at is your grip, how you are transferring force from the legs to the racket and your wrist control on contact. With any changes in technique however, it’s important to make sure that other body parts aren’t doing too much compensating.
If you are getting pain in your elbow while you play, “just resting it” WILL NOT solve the problem. With the right management however, you can definitely find a solution. I have seen way too many tennis players stop playing the game because of this injury. Don’t be one of those.
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