Golf and tennis elbow are both forms of tendinitis that affect the anchor points on either side of the elbow joint (the epicondyles).
If you start developing discomfort in the tendon that attaches on the inner side of the elbow joint, you may be showing symptoms of medial epicondylitis, or golfer’s elbow. This repetitive strain or overuse injury affects the muscles and tendons that flex and inwardly rotate the forearm.
If the pain occurs on the outer side of the elbow joint, it’s called lateral epicondylitis, or tennis elbow, and involves the muscles and tendons that extend the wrist.
Both of these conditions are caused by overuse; repeatedly stressing tendons and muscles past their level of tolerance.
Interestingly, tennis players can develop either form of epicondylitis. Backhand swings are associated with injury to the tendons on the outside of the elbow (lateral) that are responsible for extension of the wrist. While serves, forehands or topspin shots are associated with medial epicondylitis and the action of wrist flexion and pronation of the forearm.
When swinging a golf club, degeneration occurs with repetitive forced wrist extension and forearm supination following activities involving wrist flexion and forearm pronation.
There are many beneficial exercises for both conditions, but today’s video focuses on exercises that can help prevent medial epicondylitis – golfer’s elbow.
Tips to improve your golf game and prevent injuries
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