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Friday, September 21, 2007

What is Tendonitis/Tennis Elbow?

noun meaning: inflammation of a tendon

tennis elbow
Tennis elbow is a painful elbow disorder. This term is misleading because most people who have it did not get it from playing tennis. In fact, tennis elbow seldom has any connection with fun and games. (if you have been following Sachin Tendulkar's career, you may not agree. Now even Yuvraj Singh seems to be suffering from it. )

The technical name for tennis elbow is "lateral epicondylitis". This term indicates an inflammation that occurs near a small point or projection of the upper arm bone (humerus) just above the elbow joint on the outer side of the arm.
cricinfo adds:
It appears to occur more frequently in batsmen who are caught in a "cycle of pressure", either through a personal loss of form, or through the need to fend off a high-class bowling attack. A classic example of an "opener-under-pressure" was the Australian batsman Geoff Marsh, who was noted to wear a tennis-elbow strap regularly
info sources:
dictionary.com and website of Canadian Centre for Occupational Health & Safety

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