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lidation
08-15-2008, 07:58 AM
They sell those elbow braces with the purpose of reducing Tennis Elbow probability. Like the one here http://http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/descpage-ASOEB.html
Do they really work?

tennisdad65
08-15-2008, 08:22 AM
They sell those elbow braces with the purpose of reducing Tennis Elbow probability. Like the one here http://http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/descpage-ASOEB.html
Do they really work?

I do not know if they prevent TE.

BUT, I do know by experience that they help you to play almost pain free, while you are recovering from TE. I played with the BAND-IT elbow brace for 6 weeks during my recovery, and it worked great.

Now, I do not need a brace anymore and am completely pain free. :)

LuckyR
08-15-2008, 08:40 AM
They sell those elbow braces with the purpose of reducing Tennis Elbow probability. Like the one here http://http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/descpage-ASOEB.html
Do they really work?


Well their write up doesn't say anything about prevention. I guess I wouldn't worry about TE unless I had it, why overly complicate the issue? On the other hand it is only $22, try it if you want but I am not sure how excited I would be if a guy without TE, continues without it by using this or that gizmo...

Jonnyf
08-15-2008, 09:12 AM
Hey, I've sporadically had TE. In Recent times It has become unbearable. Whilst away on Holiday the only brace I could find was the Babolat one.

It allows me to play with no elbow pain (Whereas, At the moment hitting more than a single shot without it on hurts alot!)

It does make my lower forearm feel tighter but it's not painful at all and I can still hit without any complications.

volusiano
08-15-2008, 07:21 PM
I don't think the elbow brace prevents TE. It's just a temporay solution to mask your problem AFTER you get TE. It puts pressure on your forearm muscle to prevent it from flexing too much, which causes the elbow pain.

It doesn't cure TE either. It's just a band-aid approach to allow you to continue to play tennis with less pain while you have TE.

If anything, I think it's kinda dangerous because if you don't try to figure out why you have TE and just use this brace to mask the pain and continue to do the wrong thing when you play, your TE can only get worse.

So make sure you understand its limitation and use it accordingly.

lidation
08-18-2008, 09:48 AM
I don't think the elbow brace prevents TE. It's just a temporay solution to mask your problem AFTER you get TE. It puts pressure on your forearm muscle to prevent it from flexing too much, which causes the elbow pain.

It doesn't cure TE either. It's just a band-aid approach to allow you to continue to play tennis with less pain while you have TE.

If anything, I think it's kinda dangerous because if you don't try to figure out why you have TE and just use this brace to mask the pain and continue to do the wrong thing when you play, your TE can only get worse.

So make sure you understand its limitation and use it accordingly.

Thanks for the clarification. I don't have T.E. and originally I thought that the brace can "prevent" TE.

Uncle Emmitt
08-19-2008, 03:16 PM
if you don't have TE or any pain their in the tendon no need to wear one. If you do have TE or have had TE they help tremendously. I'm a pro and have had bad TE before 3 cortizones out a year almost all that. My elbow now is fine but I still wear it. It doesn't bother me but one day I didn't play with it and started ripping one handed backhands and noticed the next day my elbow hurt a little so put it back on and hasn't hurt since. I'm 50 so a little more wear and tear. Older players tend to use them more. Basically I think it helps absorb some shock before it gets to the tendon. If you don't want to get tennis elbow strengthen your forearms, bothe sides with simple dumbells.I use 10-12 lbs. Start light maybe 3 lbs and go from there. That helps tremendously. Most one handers get it by leading with the elbow rather than using the strength of the shoulder. good shoulder rotation. Not a lot of two handers get classic tennis elbow. I am a PT too.

zacinnc78
08-23-2008, 03:29 PM
i think anybody who dont have TE(along with those who DO have TE ,of course) and use a 1hbh and less than perfect technique 100% of the time should wear one...i wish i would have cause they do work very well in my experience(i use Band-It)