What is a “Tennis Elbow?”
Turns out it has very little to do with the game of tennis. The label of Tennis Elbow is a somewhat vague term that really means “overuse of the forearm.” The condition affects the hand, wrist, forearm, elbow, and even up into the shoulder area. It normally causes pain and discomfort and can appear suddenly or over an extended period of time.
Tennis Elbow can and does occur frequently in Tennis players, but can happen to just about anyone else too. Carpenters, desk jobs, landscapers/gardeners, mechanics, and janitors/cleaning professionals can all be at risk for forearm overuse and could fall under the umbrella of the Tennis Elbow diagnosis. Regardless of HOW it happens, sustained repetitive motion is what eventually causes the Tennis Elbow injury (or Lateral Epicondylitis if you want the technical name).
There are several ways you can combat the pain caused by forearm overuse and protect yourself from further/future injury. Stretching and strengthening the muscles in your forearms and shoulders is especially important here.We also recommend foam rolling to help battle this condition, paying special attention to tricep and forearm area. (about Foam Rolling a few weeks ago)
If you’ve ever experienced sharp sustained pain in the forearm area, we’d like invite you to our Tennis Elbow Workshop on November 5th here at CBRC. We’ll be meeting in the basketball courts from 10:30-11:30a.m.. There is a member cost of $15/pp to attend the Workshop. Non-members are welcome as well at $20/pp admission.
Certified Professional Trainer Matt Bunday will start the hour with an explanation on how to help Tennis Elbow. He’ll be demonstrating foam rolling and other tissue work.
Then Jack Wang, one of our Tennis Professionals, will show you how the injury can affect tennis players specifically- and how to adjust your strategy before and after an injury to keep your game strong and uninterrupted. Jack will cover all sorts of interesting info on grip size, string tension, and go over technique tips.
We hope you can join us for the event!
We wish you good health,
~Columbia Basin Racquet Club