Tennis elbow prevention guidelines

Doctors first documented tennis elbow condition over 100 years ago. This disorder can be a serious and hard injury to treat, so it is very important to know its symptoms and tennis elbow prevention measures. Having flexible muscles and a thorough warm up are just a few of the essential exercises required to stay away from the injury.

Tennis is a very dynamic sport that potentially involves a variety of injuries. One of the most common types of injuries in tennis is tennis elbow, an injury to the tendons and muscles on the outer part of the elbow that comes on as a result of repetitive stress or overuse. Term tennis elbow got its name for the reason that tennis players are most likely to get it (although anyone can get it). It is interesting though, that tennis players in reality account for under 10 percent of overall number of cases reported. An extended definition of tennis elbow is: tennis elbow is degeneration or inflammation of the tendon attached to the bony bit on the outer part of the elbow or arm.

Exact tennis elbow causes are unidentified, but it is considered to be owing to small tears of the tendons which attach the forearm muscles to the arm bone at the elbow joint. Common tennis elbow causes in tennis players are insufficient grip size or/and bad backhand technique. Small grips make the muscles of the elbow work harder thus causing inflammation of elbow structure. The average age of people who are most exposed to tennis elbow is between 40 and 50 years but the injury can affect players of any age. In this light, tennis elbow prevention is a chief problem of a tennis society.

Tennis elbow symptoms and signs include:
- Frequent pain on the outer part of the higher forearm slightly below the elbow bend; sometimes, pain spreads down the hand in the direction of the wrist.
- Difficult to extend the forearm completely (because of inflamed tendons, muscles and ligaments).
- Pain arisen in the result of bending or lifting the arm or clutching even light items such as a tea cup.
- Pain that normally lingers on for six to twelve weeks.
- Weakness in the wrist.
- Pain on the elbow when attempting to straighten the fingers.

The pain related to tennis elbow typically has a gradual beginning, but might also come on suddenly.

To avoid tennis elbow the strict observance of definite tennis elbow prevention rules is necessary. Additionally, the following exercises and procedures are very useful for successful tennis elbow prevention:
{ Lifting the objects with the palms facing body.
{ Strengthening exercises with the hand weights. With the palm down and elbow cocked, bend the wrist repeatedly. Stop when any pain comes on.
{ Having flexible muscles is essential requirement. Make a thorough warm up and stretching of relevant muscles prior to beginning a potentially stressful activity by grasping the upper part of your fingers and firmly but softly pulling them back in the direction of your body. Keep your palm facing outward and your arm completely extended.

And the following tennis elbow prevention guidelines will help you avoid the injury:
{ The right technique. Do not play the backhand with your wrist but with your arm.
{ Do not play tennis with heavy, wet balls.
{ If do not have a firm elbow or wrist, use a heat retainer or forearm brace.
{ Do not play with the strings that are too tight.
{ If you don¡¦t play tennis very often, use a light racket.

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