Tendonitis - A Pain In The Joint!

Unfortunately most of us will pick up injuries at some point during our training career; it is simply part and parcel of life and being an athlete. Sometimes you can take every preventative measure there is and for some reason something just goes. More often than not it is down to over use and ‘’wear and tear’’ which eventually gets the better of us. However, there is one specific type of injury a lot of people who weight train will come up against and that is tendonitis. With that said I wanted to share some details on the said condition and ways you can work around it!
What Is Tendonitis?
Tendonitis in its simplest form occurs when the tendons within any given joint become inflamed and as a result there is excess friction. As a result this can lead to a very numb pain within the given joint and it can most certainly take away from your ability to train hard.
I personally suffer from tendonitis in my right knee joint and right elbow – as a result I can experience very uncomfortable pain in both areas if I place excess levels of strain on them or it can sometimes take the most simple of things to trigger it.
What Causes Tendonitis Among Weight Trainers?
There is no one correct answer here however I would suggest that from experience heavy duty training is the worst culprit. Visualise two ropes, one which is bearing a 100kg load and a second which is bearing a 25kg load. Which one do you think is going to wear the most, even if the one with the 100kg load only moves the weight 5 times. This is why I conclude continuous heavy duty training is very strenuous on the connective tissues, in particularly the tendons.
Working Around Tendonitis
This is relevant to those of you who currently have tendonitis and those who want to avoid it (of course I would imagine you ALL want to avoid it, right?). Limit weight training where you use poundages which cause you to fail below 10 repetitions to once per body part every 3 weeks. During the other 2 weeks focus on higher repetition ranges. What you are doing here is forcing the muscle to work just as hard in a different capacity, yet the actual load used to cause this failure is much less leading to a significant decrease on tendon stress.
It is always advisable to learn which exercises antagonise your injuries and avoid using heavy weight whilst doing them as well.

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