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Biomechanics of the elbow joint in tennis players and relation to pathology
  1. Denise Eygendaal1,
  2. F Th G Rahussen2,
  3. R L Diercks3
  1. 1
    Amphia Hospital, Teteringen, The Netherlands
  2. 2
    Sint Maartenskliniek, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
  3. 3
    UMCG, Gronigen, The Netherlands
  1. Denise Eygendaal, Amphia Hospital, Teteringen, The Netherlands; denise{at}


Elbow injuries constitute a sizeable percentage of tennis injuries. A basic understanding of biomechanics of tennis and analysis of the forces, loads and motions of the elbow during tennis will improve the understanding of the pathophysiology of these injuries. All different strokes in tennis have a different repetitive biomechanical nature that can result in tennis-related injuries. In this article, a biomechanically-based evaluation of tennis strokes is presented. This overview includes all tennis-related pathologies of the elbow joint, whereby the possible relation of biomechanics to pathology is analysed, followed by treatment recommendations.

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  • Competing interests: None declared.

  • Abbreviations:
    anterior oblique ligament
    osteochondritis dissecans
    posterior oblique ligament
    ulnar collateral ligament