Among CrossFit athletes, Tennis Elbow and Golfer’s Elbow seem to be a common scourge — (Not to mention various other injuries to the wrist, shoulder, back and knees.) CrossFit-related injuries are well-known and frequently discussed in the fitness and rehab / Physical Therapy communities, in fitness-related blogs and forums AND even specifically explored in medical studies.
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Elbow Tendonitis in CrossFit Athletes — Arrow Physical Therapy. Here’s one competitive-level CrossFit Athlete, Amanda Allen, who overcame a Tennis Elbow injury in a relatively short time, and her advice to those in her predicament, is: “Don’t buy into the belief that Tennis Elbow has to last for years. Don’t leave it untreated.
This is when the true pain of tennis elbow sets in. Nevermind the pain experienced doing your Crossfit, simple actions like shaking hands, twisting the lid off a jar, opening the fridge door, turning a doorknob can truly become unbearable. So what’s the answer and solution to tennis elbow? It’s actually much easier and simpler than you think.
Self Treatment. Generally speaking, if symptoms persist for longer than two or three weeks, a visit to your sports chiropractor may be in order. However, we will give you several ways you can prevent and treat tennis elbow before it becomes a more troubling issue. Check your technique.
Often, the elbow feels stiff and movement is not entirely free. In some cases, there has been a report of previous injury or trauma such as a fall onto the elbow. In general, CrossFit exercises that overload the elbow joint such as press-ups and burpees can make elbow joint pain worse.
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Elbow pain in CrossFit athletes is not uncommon and most typically it is related to overuse of the forearm muscles. I am suffering from this right now and relate it to over-practice of butterfly pull ups and ring muscle ups, two skills that I am not yet proficient at and want to practice leading up to the CrossFit Open in February.