haha i did curls for the first time EVER today in the hope that it would help with my elbows. i felt obliged to tell everyone who noticed me curling that i was doing it to help my elbows on snatches lol.
i've learned something about my snatches...
i thought that the proper position for my shoulders to support the bar overhead was for them to be shrugged up into the bar.
it was suggested to me that the proper position for my shoulders to support the bar overhead was for my shoulders to be drawn down and back, however.
just pulling them into that later position puts my wrists into a better position for supporting the weight overhead (something i've also been having trouble with).
i have been doing facepulls, scapular push-ups, and internal / external shoulder rotation stuff... i think i need to work more on setting my upper back / shoulders into the correct position. both in the start, in maintaining it during the lift, and for the catch.
maybe you have something similar going on?
have you tried wall slides with your shoulder blades pulled back together hard? i have a little trouble getting my arms held out straight in a snatch position without letting my shoulders shrug up. guess i've got some work to do...
edit -- sorry, main point being that when my upper back / shoulders are set right my elbows feel great. when my shoulders / upper back isn't set right then my elbows get a bit of a beating.