It’s no secret that sports requiring repetitive swinging will stress the elbow.
Swinging a club or racquet in poor posture, without proper warmup, or with a sudden increase in duration or intensity are the most common reasons why athletes suffer from tennis and golfer’s elbow.
Tennis and golfer’s elbow are both conditions caused by damage to the tendons.
Other sports where athletes run a higher risk of incurring tennis or golfer’s elbow include baseball, football, racquetball, archery, weightlifting, fencing, and other racquet sports.
If you work a profession that involves repeated elbow movements (such as painters, plumbers, cooks, construction workers, and gardeners), your risk of developing tennis or golfer’s elbow increases.
So, What’s the Difference?
The telltale distinction between golfer’s and tennis elbow is where the pain is located. Pain will be felt on the outside of the elbow with tennis elbow, while it is felt on the inside of the elbow with golfer’s elbow.
Sometimes it is difficult to tell if you have tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, or another type of elbow injury. Luckily, some of the symptoms of tennis and golfer’s elbow make them easy to distinguish from other types of elbow injuries, especially if you play a sport that involves bending the elbows.