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Tennis Elbow


WHAT? An overuse injury of the muscles that extend the wrist. It usually develops gradually as a result of multiple micro tears and scar tissue at the muscle attachment with pain felt at the outer side of the elbow.

Risk Factors

  • Faulty technique
  • Taking your stroke late
  • Poor body position with the elbow leading the racket
  • 'Wristy' impact
  • Heavy, old or wet balls
  • Poor strength & control of muscles at elbow & shoulder

Top Tips: Stage 1

  • Stop play, rest, and apply ice
  • Settle the pain. Ask your physio about...
    • localised treatment to help healing
    • dynamic taping
    • specific strengthening exercises
    • regaining full muscle / tendon flexibility
    • using a correctly fitted epicondylitis clasp

Top Tips: Stage 2

ONLY RETURN TO PLAY WHEN PAIN HAS SETTLED

  • Get your technique checked
  • Structure your return to play
  • Reduce ball-racquet impact
    • string your racket less tightly
    • use a flexible racket with a large sweet spot
    • ensure correct grip size
    • consider a two-handed backhands

If symptoms persist, seek advice!

 

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