Golfer’s elbow is caused by damage to the muscles and tendons that control your wrist and fingers, in particular the “gripping muscles.” The damage typically results from overuse – excessive or prolonged activity with inadequate rest. In many cases, improper technique during lifting, throwing, and swinging can contribute to the increased stress. Poor conditioning, lack of flexibility, and inadequate warm-up prior to activity can also increase the risk of injury. As previously stated, although golfer’s elbow is classically associated with golfing, this condition can occur in individuals participating in racket sports, throwing sports, weight training, and forceful, repetitive occupational movements such as plumbing. A single cause may not be identified in all cases and your care provider will develop a comprehensive treatment program based on their evaluation.