Elbow pain in sport
Is elbow pain common in sport?
Obtaining any injury is a common aspect that comes with playing sport. Elbow pain is particularly common with people who play racket sports, especially tennis, badminton and squash. This is due to the repetitive use and twisting movements of the wrist and over use of the forearm muscles. There is a lot of load that goes through the joint and through the tendons that occurs during playing sport. This load can then have an impact on the tendon that can cause irritation, inflammation and sometimes damage.
With other sports, there is always a risk of traumatic injuries. For example, in contact sports a player can easily fall and land awkwardly or have another player land on their arm. This can cause fractures and dislocations. Dislocations often occurs when a sportsman or woman falls on an outstretched or extended arm usually from a contact or sometimes a fall from height.
Depending on the injury the time it takes to return to sport will vary. With a fracture, it may take at least six to eight weeks for it to heal, as previously mentioned, and then another few months rehabilitating it back to full fitness and function. With other injuries, it may just require a period of relative rest followed by a gradual return to sport. This process would be a lot quicker.