What are the common elbow injuries?
There are a number of elbow-related repetitive stress injuries seen across all levels of sports like baseball, tennis, and golf.
“These sports place repetitive valgus stress (when the forearm is angled out away from the body when the arm is fully extended and affects medial collateral ligament) from concentric and eccentric loading during their sport-specific movements. Related elbow injuries are referred to as golfer’s and tennis elbow, or to give them their scientific terms, medial and lateral epicondyle tendinopathy,” says Dahdul.
In addition to golfer’s and tennis elbow, Dahdul explains there are a number of other common repetitive stress injuries: “these include ulnar collateral ligament tears, medial apophysitis (referred to as little league elbow), olecranon bursitis, and olecranon stress fractures.”
Anatomy of elbow with lateral, posterior or anterior view vector illustration.
These all-too-common injuries occur at various parts of the elbow and recovering from them effectively is dependent upon the extent of the injury, a structured rehab program, and athletes’ rest and behaviour changes.