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When I picked up my racquet again after not playing for quite a few months, I had to get my body conditioned to the demands of the sport. I went through the typical aches and pains– those lovely blisters you get the first few times you play, some knee stiffness, and so on. The thing that really got me though was the burning, nervy pain that was radiating down my arm every time I would play for more than 20 minutes. Tennis elbow can be one of the most debilitating conditions a tennis player faces. Fortunately, there is help for tennis elbow.
My first strategy was to use an elbow brace. I found that this took the edge off somewhat, but it certainly did not make the pain go away. I still felt a lot of nerve pain down my arm which made it very uncomfortable to hit with any power.
Next, I tried using a bunch of different strings and different tensions. I had heard that using synthetic gut (as opposed to a poly string) could really help, but I didn’t notice any difference when I did this.
As a last resort, I found myself downing quite a bit of Advil, which did help relieve the pain as I was playing, but I knew in the back of my mind this certainly wasn’t a cure, and could have even made the pain worse because it was masking it.
This pain endured for the first 2 months of being back on the court. I was becoming increasingly concerned about it, since I knew that I was committed to playing like I never had been before, but I was deeply questioning whether my arm would hold up and allow me to play with any consistency.
Fortunately, I found the solution for my tennis elbow through correcting my swing mechanics. I realized that what was causing the pain was that I was hitting too late on my forehand, which was putting a great deal of stress on my elbow. I retrained myself to hit my forehand quite a bit earlier and out in front of me more… and slowly, the pain started to subside.
Now, I hit several times per week with a great deal of pace and spin and I hardly notice my elbow at all. I don’t need to use a brace and I can hit for as long as I want. My elbow does get a bit stiff from time to time, but it’s totally manageable and I think that’s something that most serious tennis players have to contend with.
If you’re struggling with tennis elbow, it’s likely because you need to correct your swing, especially on the forehand side. Try hitting the ball earlier and see if that helps. You may also want to check out this ebook which offers 5 simple techniques to cure tennis elbow quickly. While I didn’t have to apply specific techniques to curing my tennis elbow other than correcting my swing, there are certainly lots of cases where this is really necessary.
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all the best,
I have been playing tennis since I was 6 years old and have always had a passion for the game. Tennis continues to be a big part of my life, as I play 4-5 times a week. My goal is to spread the word about this amazing sport and help you take your game to the next level starting now.Read More >>