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Lateral epicondylitis is a painful condition affecting the tendinous tissue of the lateral epicondyle of humerus, leading to loss of function of the affected limb. It can be caused by overuse or repetitive strain, improper technique and improper fit of equipment. It is prevalent in 1-3% of the general population. Risk increases with age, with the highest instances between the ages of 30-55. Tennis accounts for 5-10% of all cases. 40-50% of tennis players experience this condition (1,2).

What is your plan for game time injuries?  Through our experience, we have come to realize that the need for Certified Athletic Trainers is no longer limited to the sidelines of the college or high school athlete. This is a service needed at all levels of play where an injury is a possibility. As athletes, parents, and coaches, this is something we need to be aware of during events, camps, and practices.

One of the most common injuries of any athlete I see in the clinic are strains and minor tears to the hamstrings.  Years ago it was common practice to stretch them statically (without movement) before any type of exercises such as lifting or an athletic event.  In recent years there have been numerous research articles that demonstrate static hamstring stretching actually decreases athletic performance.

For most Americans, work is a necessary part of our regular routine.  The large majority would likely agree the most painful part of the day is hearing the alarm early in the morning; however, for some, the everyday demands of the job present real physical pain. According to Fortune 500, the top five professions susceptible to injury are those working in air transportation, manufacturing (especially working with wood), couriers (such as mail carriers), nurses, and ranchers or farmers.

Gardening is a favorite activity for many of us and although it may not seem strenuous, it can really throw a wrench into creating and maintaining your beautiful yards and gardens. Here are a few tips that can help protect your back before, during and after.