With the summer still going strong, many athletes will suffer from tennis elbow (aka throwers elbow or little league arm) during their summer sports games. Sports injuries of this nature are actually on the rise. The increase can be attributed to a number of things including bigger, stronger athletes whom have much more power behind throws than in years past. Continuous over head throwing motion as found mainly in baseball, softball and football, can cause long term issues as researchers are now finding.
A number of studies have been done which followed the sports injury progression of a group of adolescent athletes all the way into their early adult years. The findings were unexpected, some even loosing range of motion in their arm up to 20%! Pain from these sports injuries is another long term result. Many experience swelling, throbbing and general tendon pain much into their adult years. Physical & Aquatic therapy CAN indeed help. These practices are often much more beneficial than traditional pain medications which can become addictive and cause other issues during your everyday tasks.
So before the next game, practice or back yard battle, be sure to take some precautions which can decrease your chances of long term issues. Below we have compiled a few things to keep in mind. If the problem already exists, feel free to contact us here and someone from one of our Erie PA offices will be in touch with you with more options on treating your sports injury.
- Be sure to stretch well before throwing. When you do start throwing, begin at a very slow pace with your target only a few feet away. Gradually begin to throw harder/farther as needed, don’t just start throwing hard and far.
- Make sure your technique is correct. The wrong technique in sports can be attributed to many sports injuries. Ask your coach if you are unsure about the proper technique to throwing. Don’t assume you know how to do it already! If it hurts, you may be doing it wrong.
- Don’t over do it. If you feel the pain in your elbow, shoulder or arm, stop the action. Asking coach to it out a few plays to give your arm a break is a better decision than dealing with long term effects.