This month’s mobility we will focus on a joint that seems to causing members some issue lately.  I am talking the about the elbow.  Members have been coming up to me the past month asking what they can do to alleviate elbow pain. Tennis elbow is common within the CrossFit community, this occurs when tendons in your elbow are overloaded, usually by repetitive motions of the wrist and arm.  We need to address the maintenance of this joint to prevent these types of injuries from occurring. All you will need is a foam roller, and an elevated surface to lay the roller on.  

For this you will place the foam roller on the elevated surface and sit facing it.  We will want to work on the distal part of the humerus this is where your tricep ends above your elbow.  This is the point that will be resting on the foam roller.  You will want to work side to side, as well as the extension and flexion of each elbow.  When you are in the extended position try to get pronation and supination. This will help with inflammation that is occurring in that area which will hopefully prevent future injuries.   

If the tennis or golfer elbow is still causing issues rest might be the only way to recover.  I hope that we don’t get to that point though.  Always try to get mobility in, class is only one hour long, and we might not have time to address mobility after each class.  That does not mean it is not important to do, if you want to be a better athlete you have to take care of yourself outside the gym or on your own after a workout.  Good luck bears if you have any questions feel free to ask anytime!