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How to avoid tennis elbow

Lateral epicondylitis, more commonly known as tennis elbow is a common injury picked up while playing tennis. The pain is thought to radiate out from the tendons that keep the elbow joint in place.

The injury is not exclusive to tennis though and can occur in any number of ways to people who basically use their arms a lot whether they be sports enthusiasts, builders or gardeners. Tennis elbow is easy to recognise and if you have pain and soreness around your elbow and have trouble straightening it and flexing then it is likely you have it.

The best way to heal tennis elbow is to prevent it from happening in the first place. Using a lighter racquet on the court can help to reduce any unnecessary strain on your arm. Stretching is very important and it makes sense to develop a regular stretching routine that incorporates your arms before practice and matches.

Icing after long periods of practice is also advisable because ice has great regenerative powers for the body as it causes contraction that helps speed up muscle recovery. Another great way to ensure you are not asking too much of your arm is to factor in sizeable rest periods into your training schedule.

If you feel that you have tennis elbow already then the best thing you can do is to rest it fully for a prolonged period of time and avoid doing whatever it was that caused the injury in the first place. By doing this you are allowing the injury the time to heal properly without the danger of it reoccurring in the future.

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