Today’s mission is to take a crack at restoring that elbow to full range of motion. When we see athletes that are missing full elbow extension, we usually also find wrist and shoulder compensation problems. The elbow and knee are essentially analogs. If the knee is slightly flexed all the time, we see enormous loads on the quads and patella. Restoring an athlete’s terminal knee extension is one of the first thing a good physio/chiro/osteo will do when assessing a pain full joint or problematic chain. The elbow is no different. All my MMA guys and girls show up with some kind of missing elbow extension. Olympic lifter? You’d better be able to get to lock out.
Mission: Hammer the upstream/downstream tissues around that elbow AFTER you try these mobilizations. 1-2 min a side. This mob is just another example of flossing while using the band to optimize the joint capsule tissue.
Know what’s funny about stuck bent elbows? Nothing is funny about stuck bent elbows.