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10-03-2008, 08:06 AM
Both my wife and I have developed "tennis elbow" (Lateral Epicondylitis) in an arm - seemingly from either cleaning or snatching or both.
In my case I was practicing the lifts once a week and almost always with sub-maximal loads.
Is there a commonly known technique flaw that might lead to this? We've both temporarily stopped weightlifting, but would like to avoid a recurrence once we can resume.
10-03-2008, 08:12 AM
Starting the lift with bent arms can do this.
What other exercises/sports are you doing? It may not just be Oly... unless Oly is the only thing you're doing?
As for recovery:
2. Massage (cross friction), tennis ball it
3. Ice after any exercise.
4. Stretch out both extensors and flexors
5. Possibly strengthen both.. but hold off on that for now.
10-03-2008, 11:17 PM
I may be bending my arms early, but I don't think it's as early as from the floor. My start off the floor is very deliberate (slow) right now.
Weightlifting is all I do these days - so it's definately not an overuse injury :) Fran CrossFits.
I'll try those recovery options.
10-04-2008, 04:45 AM
I can remember Greg saying that as you move into O/Lifting there is a definite period of adaptation. I can't tell you how many different areas hurt for weeks when I first committed. Hell I guess it really hasn't changed much. :D
Steven's recovery advice is spot on. Do you notice it while you are lifting or only afterwards?
10-04-2008, 11:10 AM
Oh, just remembered -- trying to muscle the bar up to rack or overhead can put a lot of stress on the lateral epicondyle area..
I would bet this is most likely the problem. You gotta be more powerful in the second pull so you don't use your arms.
10-05-2008, 12:45 PM
Thanks for the feedback, guys.
Derek, I don't think it's an adaptation thing. It's not plain ol' soreness - which we're both very familiar with :)
Steven, yeah, it'll be back to the drawing board on the 2nd pull when we resume.
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