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Stretching the evidence behind tennis elbow: mobile app user guide
  1. Luke J Heales1,2,
  2. Michele Lastella3,
  3. Brooke K Coombes2,
  4. Bill Vicenzino4
  1. 1School of Health, Medical and Applied Sciences, Central Queensland University, Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia
  2. 2School of Biomedical Sciences, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
  3. 3Appleton Institute for Behavioural Science, Central Queensland University, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
  4. 4School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
  1. Correspondence to Dr Luke J Heales, Department of Exercise and Health Science, School of Health, Medical and Applied Sciences, Central Queensland University, Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia; l.heales{at}cqu.edu.au

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Name of the mobile application 

Tennis Elbow.

Category of the mobile application

Health and fitness.

Platform

iOS V.6.0 or later; Android V.2.3 or later.

Cost

iPhone $A5.99; Android $A5.99.

About the app

Tennis elbow (TE), formally known as lateral epicondylalgia, is a musculoskeletal condition associated with pain over the lateral elbow and histological changes of the common extensor tendon.1 Numerous treatments are advocated for this condition, with recent developments in the use of mobile technology now added to the list.

The application titled ‘Tennis Elbow’ is one of the few user-friendly applications incorporating education, a stretching programme, and a diary for recording symptoms and exercises undertaken. The rationale provided for the aetiology of TE is muscle shortening from overuse, and ‘The magic formula is now called stretch the flexors!’ (figure 1). The application recommends five stretching exercises, targeting muscles of the trunk and upper limb (eg, finger flexors, wrist extensors). It allows users to track the number of exercises performed and their pain intensity using a user-friendly, colour-coded rating …

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