But I have been lucky enough, through trial and error, to figure out how to fix my elbow pain and keep it away for quite some time, and I want to show you how you can do the same, today.
It was 2003 and I had just begun a new form of strength training, called Grip Sport. This brand new sport involved all kinds of ways to test hand and forearm strength, like squeezing heavy-duty hand grippers until the handles touched together, lifting very heavy thick-handled dumbbells, and my favorite part of all – bending nails and steel bars!
Once I found out about this new sport, I went at it like an animal – with 100% effort. Because I loved it so much, I began bending nails almost every single day of the week. It just felt awesome to twist a 6-inch nail into a U-shape.
Then, one day at work, I was pushing open the door to the cafeteria break room and got an intense pain in my arm that felt like someone was jabbing me with a red hot fireplace poker.
Here I am, a person with a desk job, and I found myself in the nurse’s station reporting an injury from opening a door – I couldn’t have been any more embarrassed…it felt like every single person walking by the door was staring at me in shame!
I soon learned that I had developed two conditions, commonly referred to as Tennis Elbow and Golfer’s Elbow.
Both are very common injuries that thousands of people suffer from each year – the only difference was most people only get one or the other. Both sides of my elbow were sensitive to the touch and they hurt so bad, I couldn’t even drink coffee using that arm for a week due to the pain.
I soon began going to a therapist and after spending hundreds of dollars and missing countless half-days of work, the pain was gone and I was back to my old self again.
Over the next couple of years, I experienced other bouts of Tennis Elbow, but thankfully, it was never as severe as that first time – and I think that is because I have figured out how to prevent it from happening again.
I have identified a handful of simple and easy-to-perform drills, that I do on a regular basis that I plug right into my current training and lifestyle, to prevent that terrible forearm pain from coming back.
I have even passed on this information to many friends and coaching clients and they remain free of nagging forearm pain as well…
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