Does bracing your elbows actually make your joints and tendons more prone to injury ? Or do the muscles in your forearm get somewhat compressed, and does this lead you to be more injury-prone ?
The reason I ask is, I've been wearing braces on my elbows for 4 years, during every workout on the gym.(Not during bodyweight-only workouts outside.)
I always wore them because of an elbow tear, and they made the joint feel safe and warm during a workout.
However, sometimes the injury comes back.
4 months ago someone jerked my arm behind my back and the tendons have been overstretched. Now, I've been working back towards my previous strength, but I haven't been using my braces the last 2 weeks(I lost them), and my elbow actually feels better. Is there any connection between the two ?