tennis elbow?

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  1. ramseszerg

    ramseszerg Professional

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    Ok, I don't really have tennis elbow, as in a real case of inflammation of the lateral epicondyle. It hurts little at rest, but the symptoms are like this: I can feel pain in the right elbow, not at the lateral epicondyle but where the triceps insert onto the elbow when I work out extensively, like a bench press (I'm a onehander btw). I'm pretty sure this pain is caused by tennis, the mouse, as well as weightlifting. This really puts a limit on how much I can lift, especially when I'm playing tennis as well. And at rest, it doesn't really hurt but I can still feel there is SOME damage to the tendons, as in they're probably not in perfect condition. So I want to know what I should do to prevent further damage.

    http://www.nismat.org/ptcor/tennis_elbow/
    here it says "a one-handed backhand with poor technique (the ball is hit with the front of the shoulder up and power generated from the forearm muscles)" can cause tennis elbow. I don't know if I do this, like my shoulders are level and it's not like I'm using entirely my forearm muscles (extension of the elbow) to hit it, but I mean my elbow does go from being bent to straight, so I do use my forearm extensors...

    I don't know. If I could get some advice on what to do with the situation it would be appreciated.
     
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  2. ramseszerg

    ramseszerg Professional

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    Is it better to warm up before starting to hit? Sounds like a dumb question but.. it's kind of a hassle to jog around when I have the court and can hit balls.
     
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  3. TNT16

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    If you feel that tennis and specifically your OHBH is causing the pain . . . spend a little time hitting against a wall, not as practice but to figure out what is causing the pain. You do not need to hit hard. It is possible that you are hitting the ball too early which causes you to "arm" the backhand . . . if you hit the ball later chances are you will feel a lot less effort is required to generate power and the triceps are will not be doing any of the work. If you have the time check it out and tinker with it a bit - might help.

    Another source for pain the the triceps are could be from your serve, specifically if you do not get full extension as you hit (ie don't get the toss high enough). This would again cause you to "arm" the serve.

    Just so you know all of the above is based on personal experience and figuring out which part of which stroke was causing the pain really helped.
     
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