Elbow/biceps pain?

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  1. MrAWD

    MrAWD Semi-Pro

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    Hi guys,

    For the last few weeks after I had a really good hitting day where I smacked every single ball (meaning I was hitting really hard for over an hour) and they where still going wherever I wanted them to go, which just made me to hit even harder. Well, after that day I started to have this strange pain that I have never had before!

    The pain is on the front side of my elbow (biceps side) and particularly hurts when I contract my biceps. The pains stays for 2 to 3 days and if I don't play it kind of goes away. But, it is returning back lately after every single game.

    Anyone out there experienced anything similar like this? I will probably head to the Doc in the next few weeks, but if someone have any info, I would appreciate it!

    Thanks!


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  2. bigfoot910

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    I have actually had this same kind of pain before when I was playing in college. It was diagnosed as a muscle strain. It turns out that I was doing the same thing trying to really blast some balls and had changed my mechanics ever so slightly (small changes can reap devastating results) resulting in muscle strain.

    Our trainer really helped me with some rehab; I also really had to focus on my technique. One thing that really helped after the injury recovered was stretching the bicep against a wall (bicep side of arm against wall and gradually turn your body the other direction until you feel the stretch, you can also do this grabbing a pole and turning).

    Hope you get to feeling better!
     
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  3. MrAWD

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    Thanks for the reply Big Foot! What exactly did you change with your technique? Ever since the pain started my forehand went down the drain and backhand feel much better these days...

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    I noticed the same thing with a better backhand and suffering forehand (I really suffered on the serve). I worked with my coach and found that I was just muscling the ball way too much. A swing should be very fluid, power comes from fluidity (think about the speed and power of a whip).

    I would suggest having a USPTA or USPTR coach take a look and see if they can find any glaring holes in the stroke, or it could just be a little thing they need to tweak that you can't really feel or see yourself.

    Good luck and get to feeling better!
     
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    Hey i also have this same problem that came in recently.I played since i was like in the 4th grade and im in my 3rd year at uni and im only getting this now.And i gota say its really annoying.I only ever get this when i serve at full power but.I can hit up with groundstrokes but just when i want to serve i get the pain.And tips on prevention and recovery?Maybe like a proper stretching of the arm before hitting?
     
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  6. MrAWD

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    In my case I just don't have a complete control of my arm so that propagates to lack of control with my strokes as well, which is typical for my forehand. In the case of serve I just don't have a feel which is needed to use full power, so it is like shooting with closed eyes!
    My pain is not that big and I could still play, but lack of control is what makes it almost unbearable!

    Also, after another week of rest I went to do some of the biceps exercises and interestingly enough I had no more pain the next day. So, at least it looks like, in my case at least, I don't have issue with the biceps, which is a great thing. Now I believe that something is wrong with my forearm muscles that are attached close to the biceps. And it has to be a small one since it is used for very small movements, but that seem to be the case when hitting the ball from the forehand side and serve.


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