The most common causes of tennis elbow are:
1. Technique on the backhand or serve
5. No weight training
If you lock your elbow out when you serve or hit a backhand, that will normally lead to some elbow pain as a repetitive motion injury. The thing to do is to test for what hurts when you play. Is there any stroke that causes pain on impact? When does your elbow hurt? On the serve, it's often the locking out of the elbow on impact of the serve, hitting a topspin serve, and/or speeding the frame up too much on your arm. Serving is like pitching and some serves really stress your arm out--do you hit a slice coming around the side of the ball?
Are your strings just too stiff? Some polys and even some synthetics are just so stiff, it's puts a lot of stress on y our elbow. Is your racquet too stiff? Too much vibration will kill your elbow. Make the grip smaller will add more control to the racquet for you, but it will make the vibrations more significant.
Fast courts lend more impact to your racquet, the court is slow, it absorbs the impact.
Power players put a lot of stress on your arm. They hit hard alot and you hit harder back.
As you age, weights are an essential part of tennis. You should be playing and lifting weights about the same amount of times.
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