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Elbow Pain


#1

So lately I've been having some mild elbow pain going on. I did a quick search and found this article: http://www.tmuscle.com/free_online_article/sports_body_training_performance_repair/13_tips_for_mighty_elbows_amp_wrists

Some of the suggestions are to cut out extension work for a while, and to do some high rep band work.

What I was wondering is if I should cut out direct tricep work altogether for a week or so, or if doing exercises like close-grip bench press while working in high-rep sets of band pressdowns is ok?

Thanks!


#2

I don't really know what to tell you, but I can tell you that fish oil did miracles for my elbow. I had pain for several months from pitching and had even been using some stuff a doctor had given me, and it just wasn't going away. I saw somebody in the T-cell mention something about megadosing fish oil (20-30 grams), and 3-4 days later it started feeling better than it had in months.


#3

There's a simple test that will answer your question -- does a close-grip bench press cause pain in your elbow? If so, don't do them for a couple weeks. Learning to work around injuries is an important part of the game. Always train hard, but listen to what your body is telling you.


#4

It's funny you mention the fish oil, because I usually do supplement with fish oil, but I haven't had the chance to buy a new bottle for a week or so, and it's within that time frame that I've started to notice the pain. I hadn't even considered it as a possible reason to be honest, but it definitely could be part of the problem. Thanks!


#5

Alright, I'll try it out! I think I will hold back on the skull-crushers for a while though, just until things are feeling healthy again. Thanks for the advice.


#6

I had a similar problem for the last month - pain in my right elbow. I dropped whatever hurt, and worked the crap out of what didn't. I eliminated most benching and direct tricep work - just focused on doing overhead presses and push-ups. Take your fish oil, and lay off the isolation work for now. You can ease back into it when everything feels healed.


#7

background?? i had the same problem, and it solved when i allowed my body to rest, i was using heavy loads (above 90% of 1RM), so i just lowered the weights, had some fish oil and stoped doing exercises like Skull crushers or close grip BP for 3 weeks.

hope it helps