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Rehabilitating Athletes With Medial Epicondylalgia

Wise, Stephanie L MS, ATC, CSCS; Owens, Denise Sherie BS, ATC; Binkley, Helen M PhD, ATC, CSCS*D NSCA-CPT*D, FNSCA

Strength & Conditioning Journal: April 2011 - Volume 33 - Issue 2 - pp 84-91
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0b013e3182102261
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ELBOW INJURIES INVOLVING THE MEDIAL EPICONDYLE, SUCH AS EPICONDYLALGIA, ARE COMMONLY SEEN IN ATHLETES AND INDUSTRIAL WORKERS. THIS IS BECAUSE OF THE HIGH DEMAND OF THE ACTIVITIES AND REPETITIVE STRESSES PLACED ON THE MEDIAL STRUCTURES OF THE ELBOW IN UPPER EXTREMITY SPORTS, SUCH AS BASEBALL, SOFTBALL, AND GOLF, AND IN CONSTRUCTION AND ASSEMBLY LINE WORKERS TO NAME A FEW. BECAUSE THESE STRUCTURES ARE SUSCEPTIBLE TO HIGH STRESS, A COMPREHENSIVE INJURY PREVENTION AND REHABILITATION PROGRAM THAT INVOLVES RIGOROUS STRETCHING AND STRENGTHENING SHOULD BE DEVELOPED FOR THESE ATHLETES/WORKERS.

1Rehabilitation Services, Southern Tennessee Medical Center, Winchester, Tennessee; and 2Health and Human Performance, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Stephanie L. Wise is currently the head athletic trainer at the Huntland School in Huntland, TN.

Denise Sherie Owens is currently a clinic outreach athletic trainer at the Lake Charles Memorial health System-Sports Medicine in Lake Charles, LA.

Helen M. Binkley is the athletic training program director at the Middle Tennessee State University.

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