Preventing Achy Elbows (and Getting a Killer Grip)
A lot of grapplers have creaky joints, and tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow are just two of the most common overtraining injuries you’re likely to encounter at the club. Here’s one grappler’s solution to his grappling-induced elbow problems.
Tony has kindly agreed to share more of his great advice with you guys.
Before we get to his advice I want to frame the discussion by saying that you’ll come away with at least two things from this article.
Number one is learning a quick, cool, and effective exercise that we should probably all be incorporating into our training to improve our grips.
Grip strength is really important. It doesn’t matter whether you train BJJ, Judo, Sambo, submission grappling or MMA; having a better grip is a massive benefit to EVERYONE doing a grappling art.
Takehome message number two is getting inspired to keep on looking for solutions when you’re being bothered by physical ailments.
Sometimes it takes real determination and persistence to fix your broken body.
My own example of this comes from several years ago when I injured my back at work.
After getting hurt I managed to limp home, and laid down on the floor of my study to stretch. Bad mistake. I literally remained there for 24 hours because after aggravating the torn tissues with more stretching I wasn’t even able to crawl to my bedroom.
In the weeks and months after this lovely low point I tried tons of different treatments for my back. Most didn’t help at all, but eventually I found something that worked brilliantly for me (the whole story is in my Don’t Take Injuries Lying Down article).
But of course what worked for my bad back might not work for your bad back…
That’s why the important thing is to not accept chronic injuries. Don’t give up; Dylan Thomas said it best, ‘fight, fight against the dying of the light.’
Keep on experimenting until you find a way to alleviate it, work around it, or even cure it!!
Anyhow, enough about me – I only brought this up because it makes me appreciate Tony sharing his knowledge with us even more!
So without further ado, here’s one grappler’s take on how to get rid of golfer’s elbow, tennis elbow, and get a killer grip at the same time…