Close your eyes, it’s the last Sunday on Rod Laver Arena. You’re walking to the line, 40-0 up, about to serve to the 12-time grand slam champion and world’s best returner. You gaze across the net and see them in their trademark stance, eyes wide, focused and ready. There are nearly 15,000 on the edge of their seats waiting to see what happens next. You calmly enter your stance, bounce the ball, then throw up your serve and hit it as hard as you can down the tee. It’s an ace! You’ve won! The crowd goes wild! You collapse to your feet, thrust your arms up in the air and cry out with joy!
You’ve dreamt of playing in a world-class tennis match ever since you stepped onto the court that first time, and it’s one of the many reasons you keep coming back to play day after day. However, not all of us are Federer or Djokovic and this intense passion can sometimes cause injuries, such as tennis elbow.
What is Tennis Elbow?
Tennis elbow is a small tear on the outside of the elbow where the tendons and muscles meet. It can happen suddenly but is most often caused by overuse, hence the reason many tennis players suffer from this ailment. Tennis elbow traditionally effects people between the ages of 30 and 50. If you’re a passionate athlete, we understand that nothing can keep you off the court. This mentality can often lead to a worsening of the injury, eventually sidelining you for an extended period of time, and there’s nothing more frustrating than not being able to play.
How Can You Treat It?
The first thing you should do is ice the area and give it a break. This may be tough for some of you because, let’s face it, nobody enjoys being injured. It’s not fun watching from the sidelines, but once you’ve given the elbow some rest, you can ease your way back into the game.
Now, of course, you should take some precautionary measures to ensure the tension is being taken off the elbow during physical activity to minimise the risk of re-injury. Our Thermoskin Sport Tennis Elbow Strap is designed with a VR system that provides adjustability and a tendon pad to target localised compression. Its lightweight G7 Flex lining provides warmth and comfort, making this a great elbow support for all types of daily activity. It can be worn during periods of increased physical activity or during your daily routine.
Due to its composition and its effectiveness, the Thermoskin elbow support is fully endorsed by the Australian Physiotherapy Association and the Australian Institute of Sport. It is recommended for the treatment of tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow and forearm strain.
Do you or someone you know have tennis elbow or a similar condition? We’d love to hear your story about how the Thermoskin elbow strap improved your well-being. Leave your stories in the comments!