Prevent Golfer’s Elbow

The key to preventing golfer's elbow is to avoid overuse. If you feel any pain in your elbow during an activity, stop before it gets worse.

Activities that can lead to golfer's elbow include:

  • Golf
  • Tennis and other racquet sports
  • Bowling
  • Football
  • Archery
  • Baseball
  • Carpentry
  • Plumbing
  • Raking
  • Any repetitive gripping

You may also bring on golfer's elbow by using the wrong equipment, like a golf club or tennis racket that is too heavy or that has a grip that is too large. Bad technique -- like using the wrong posture for a swing -- can also lead to golfer's elbow.

WebMD Medical Reference Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian, MD on June 14, 2020


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