OR Is It Important To Stop Playing And Rest?
Is it absolutely necessary to stop playing tennis or golf when you have Tennis Elbow – Or is it sometimes okay to “play through it” – IF you’re conscientious?
And if it turns out you DO need to take time off from the court or course to focus on healing, when is it safe to start playing again?
These are two questions I’m very often asked by tennis players and golfers, and I do my best to answer them and offer suggestions in this podcast: (As well as the article linked below.)
The good news is, although it may be wisest to take time off, it is possible to keep playing and still recover – IF your injury is not severe, AND you do the right things to treat it.
Like everything related to this vexing injury, the answer is nuanced and I’ve broken it down into 5 key guidelines if you want to continue playing:
- Don’t play if you have a severe injury – or when it’s really flared up,
- Choose your priority: Continuing to play or having a faster recovery,
- STOP playing if it starts hurting significantly,
- Modulate your playing: Play less hard, play alternate days, ect.
- Treat your muscles and tendons properly – If you do the right things to treat it OFF the court/course, you can get away with more time ON it!
Here’s the full article on my Tennis Elbow Classroom site:
Article on playing tennis with Lateral Epicondylitis
On a related note, please also see this video about:
(The upper-body strength-training exercises you should consider avoiding, stopping or modifying.)
Treatment in Marin / San Francisco
If you’re in the Bay Area, please see my page about how I treat Tennis Elbow:
You get 100% hands-on Neuromuscular Therapy to help your muscles and tendons heal and recover naturally without dangerous drugs or invasive measures.