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The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness

Itís no secret that when people contradict themselves, it has the effect of making the flaws in their actions or statements seem glaringly obvious. But what about when WE ourselves get caught contradicting ourselves by someone else?

By: Nick Tumminello Added: January 6th, 2014
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    Tennis elbow

    I think I may have a tennis elbow. I have a pain in my right forearm whenever I shake somebody's hand or try to squeeze something (i.e. opening a jar). If it is a tennis elbow, do I lay off from lifting until it is completely healed? I can't even do lower body because I also have condamalacia patella (sp?).
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    avoid excersises that bother it - do light weights, etc.

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    JH you hit it right on the head with the pain when squeezing something or shaking someone's hand. I'm just now getting over it with both forearms. I found that reaching out and then grabbing something hurt even more- like reaching forward to grab the shift lever on my car. I messed mine up going overboard on grip work. For me, the problem exercises were Hammer curls, wrist rollers, trap bar deadlifts, and trap bar shrugs. I got over it by taking off lifting completely for a week, using loads of naproxen, and temporarily using lifting straps for deadlifts and other exercises where the grip is involved. I also did calf raises with the barbell on my back (like squats) instead of using my trap bar. Problem with tennis elbow is that it's hard not to aggravate the injury doing usual things in everyday life, like carrying books, opening doors, etc.

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    Delphi,
    Sounds like I won't have to lay off lifting for an extended period of time. Is Naproxen a prescription drug? Are there any specific lifts that I should avoid completely?
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    Naproxen is the active ingredient in Aleve. You can get it over the counter at any drugstore or pharmacy.

    Make sure you let it heal completely or you could end up with some nasty scar tissue and permanent damage.

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    Originally posted by IceRgrrl
    Naproxen is the active ingredient in Aleve. You can get it over the counter at any drugstore or pharmacy.

    Make sure you let it heal completely or you could end up with some nasty scar tissue and permanent damage.
    IceRgrrl,
    I will pick up a bottle of Aleve. Do I take normal dosage daily until the pain is completely gone? Are you saying to lay off lifting completely until it heals?
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    I'd check with a doctor if you can...start taking the Aleve and try to avoid anything that hurts. Your doc can better gauge the extent of the injury/pain and give you some guidelines on how long it will take to recover. Tennis elbow can be a minor thing or it can progress into tendonitis, which is not a minor thing.

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