Technique, Rest & Recovery
Before I jump into some of my recommendations, I’d like to talk about technique and rest to aid in the recovery of tennis or golfer’s elbow symptoms.
If you’re anything like me, you’d rather slap on some Tiger Balm, wear a tennis elbow brace, and pop a few Advil rather than miss a day on the court, but let’s remember – tennis and golfer’s elbow are overuse injuries. As such, we aren’t doing ourselves any favors by pushing through the pain.
So, what can you do?
First and foremost, I’d highly recommend you take an honest look at your technique before spending a bunch of time analyzing your gear. Frequently, you can alleviate tennis and golfer’s elbow by tweaking or developing your technique, which may be putting unnecessary pressure or force on your arm.
Secondly, give yourself time to rest. In many cases, players are forced off the court when the pain gets to be too much. Don’t become this person. Be proactive about your injuries, take time for rest and recovery, and spend some time with your local pro to see if you can make any adjustments that will help with the pain.
If you feel good about where you are with your technique and you’ve given yourself some time to rest, by all means, take a serious look at your equipment.