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Tennis Elbow (cont.)

Prevention of Tennis Elbow

Patient Comments
  • For tennis players:
    • Adjust racquet size: Use a midsized racquet. Oversized racquets can put too much strain on the arm and increase the risk of injury.
    • Loosen string tension: Higher string tension can increase the torque and vibration the arm experiences, thereby increasing the risk of injury.
    • Adjust grip size: A grip too small or too large decreases your control of the racquet and increases your risk of injury.
    • Check racquet material: Graphite racquets and nylon strings seem to decrease the torque and vibration the arm receives, thus reducing the risk of injury.
    • Use a tennis elbow strap or tennis elbow brace during play until completely healed.
    • Be careful not to extend the wrist when hitting a backhand.
    • Take a lesson from a tennis professional and explain your difficulties and symptoms.
  • Overall:
    • Ease into any repetitive motion activity around the house and at work and rest at the first sign of pain or soreness.
    • Continue exercises for strength and flexibility even after your pain has gone away before engaging in tennis or other repetitive motion activities.

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