Tennis Elbow (Injury/Injury Prevention)

Also know as .. ‘Lateral Epicondylitis’. 

From the title, it can assumed it is probably an injury one occurs from playing tennis, BUT don’t be mistaken it is an injury that can occur from other sports as well. It is important that we know what kind of injuries are out there so we can help ourselves by knowing what to look for, how to handle the situation and causes so we can prevent it from happening again. 

My goal is to help you with understanding different injuries, and how to manage them, buALWAYS KEEP IN MIND: TO SPEAK WITH A MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL! 

What is this injury?

 
  • commonly occurs near your ‘funny bone’, located on the outside of the elbow. 
  • can occur at the elbow and travel down to the forearm or hands when the elbow is in use. 
  • Tendinitis – swelling of the tendons

Causes:

  • Overuse is the more common reason- repetitive gripping and grasping activities. 
  • Trauma- a direct blow to the elbow can cause degeneration and in turn make it more susceptible to an overuse injury

Symptoms:

  • pain near the bony part of the elbow
  • weakness in the forearms, wrist and elbow region
  • Keep in mind that with activity the pain can start near the elbow and travel down to the forearms and hands

Treatment:

  • The activity which causes the injury will need to be limited
  • Ice the elbow for 20-30 minutes every 3 hours for 3-4 days until pain is gone
  • medication can help alleviate pain
  • Physical therapy for stretching and strengthening exercises
  • Might have to wear a brace
  • Having injections of steroids or painkillers to help with swelling and pain
  • Rest 
  • Sport massages are said to be useful for this injury
  • Surgery might have to be an option

Recovery can take several months or some people have been lucky enough where it recovers in less time than that depending on the severity of it. I noted up top that speaking with a medical doctor will be your best chance of dealing with it. 

 

Have any of you had this injury? if so, how long did it take for you to recover and how did you end up with this injury?

 

Fitness WonderWoman,

Shay-lon

 
 
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Pets & Fitness (Infographic)

So I am not sure how many of you have pets, particularly dogs, but I love them!I came across this infographic from PuppySpot on how dogs can be great to add to your workouts.  I don’t have any pets as of yet, but my family does (a rat terrier) and while it would be awesome if the little thing would allow me to hold him long enough to do strength workouts, he makes for a great running partner and walking partner for sure. Not to mention it is said that dogs can really increase your dopamine levels, so if you are having a sad or upsetting day, a dog can come handy (unless you are allergic of course). Anyways, I hope all of you enjoy this infographic as much as I have and use it to your disposal.

pets and fitness

Fitness WonderWoman,

Shay-lon xo

Take Care Of Yourself (YouTube Vlog)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=En2csp5mHZA – my YouTube vlog

Today’s vlog was about taking care of yourself – in all aspects. We tend to sometimes neglect certain things and work on other things thinking one can make up for the other, but in all honesty, balance is key. While listening to my video, be sure to leave a comment and let me know how you go about distressing, what tactics, hobbies or people help you to refocus your attention on positive outlooks. 

Your Fitness Blogger,

Shay-lon xoxo

How to “Active” rest on a rest day

Don’t be the pink panther in this above picture.. 

 

Obviously he had too much fun the night before and now is rethinking about his actions all the while holding this last night’s beverage. We don’t want to be that guy, or maybe we do, either way, this isn’t a form of “active” rest. 

 

Many times on a rest day, people assume it means go watch your favorite netflix show while eating bon bons and sipping on your favorite beverage of choice BUT in all reality, your rest days should be more productive but not as extreme or intense as your workout days. I mean it is okay to eat bons bons and watch netflix – because having an actual day of rest is very important in training to keep from over-training and reduce chances of injury and exhaustion. I just mean the majority of your rest days should consist of productivity and things that don’t keep you indoors sitting on your butt all day, unless you are watching my YouTube videos (then by all means don’t move until you have watched them all) – I didn’t even learn this whole active rest idea until I was told about it during college and guess what? it made total sense to me. Hopefully it makes sense to you as well. So many of you want ideas on what to do on rest days that don’t consist of staring at the blank walls in your room? good, I am here to help you with this. 

 

I am going to name a few activities one can do for their rest days to keep them moving and grooving and heart pumping! 

 
 
  • go for a walk, I don’t mean to the fridge and back to your bedroom, I mean an actual walk someplace (trails, to the corner store, friends house, etc)
  • go swimming
  • participate in some sports 
  • ride a bike
  • go bowling
  • throw frisbee
  • take a hike 
  • go dancing
  • scuba diving
  • mountain climbing
  • rollerblading
  • ice skating
  • rowing
  • boxing
  • jump on a trampoline
  • skateboarding/longboarding
  • surfing
  • play some hopscotch
  • take the family to the nearby park

There are many, many activities one can do on their rest days. The point of an active rest day is to keep you moving so that you don’t get used to sitting all day and doing nothing. – which doesn’t benefit you. Usually when one continues their workout routine after an active rest day, they have more energy than the one who sat all day in the house the night before. Keep yourself busy throughout the day 😀

 

What do you like to do on your rest days? (be honest) leave answers in the comment section. 

 

Your Fitness Blogger,

Shay-lon xxooo