Tips for Golfers and Tennis Elbow injuries

The most common elbow injuries are injuries to the medial and lateral sides of the elbow joint. 

Golf Elbow:

  • Tendon inflammation in the inside tendon of the forearm
  • Pain coming from a gripping action
  • Aggravated by flexion (eg bicep curl) and pronation (rotating your thumb down)
  • Joint may be warm to the touch

Tennis Elbow

  • Tendon inflammation in the outside tendon of the forearm
  • May be caused by repetitive actions such as gripping, twisting motions, trauma
  • Joint feels weak- it is difficult to lift things
  • Pain gets worse towards the end of the day
  • Aggravated by wrist extension (lifting the fingers up- making a “stop” hand)

Tips:

  • Ice your elbow for 10 minutes a few times a day
  • No “grippy” workouts such as kettlebells swings or bicep curls
  • To reduce inflammation in the body take out foods that can cause inflammation such as grains, dairy and sugar
  • Rest from the activity (tennis, golf, pitching in baseball, gardening) that caused the injury for a few weeks
  • Try the stretch below

Wrist /Forearm Stretch

Wrist /Forearm Stretch

Benefits of the exercise:

Releases tension in the wrist and biceps

Tips:

  • Move in painfree range- if you feel a sharp pain stop
  • Keep your back straight and shoulders down

How long should I do it for:

  • hold for 30 seconds, repeat 5 times

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This is a 12 week blog series discussing common medical conditions and exercise prescriptions for the older adult.

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How to avoid getting injured while golfing

How to avoid getting injured while golfing

How to avoid getting injured while golfing

If you would like a free consultation about how Vintage Fitness in home personal trainers could help your family member recovering drop me a note erin@vintagefitness.ca

Good Luck!

Erin

Vintage Fitness

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