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    Terrible pain in elbows after bagwork...

    I was hitting the heavy bag with gloves on today, did 3 2-min rounds, and was hitting quite hard. About 5 mins after I finished, I felt this terrible pain on the back of my elbows. The pain is in between the two bony "knobs" on the back of your elbow, so I think it's a ligament or something.

    I'm not a seasoned bag puncher btw, I used to work on focus mitts. Is this normal, or did I tear anything? Thanks.

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    bagwork is something that should be started at the same time as padwork for this reason- so that all the bitties that go into a punch get stronger along with your punch. throwing against pads is not as effective at this cos theres less resistance.

    basically, hit less hard. or if the pain is that bad you could *gasp* see a physio instead of asking a bunch of randoms on the internet. crazy i know, but i actually trust people with some kind of expertise over what my aunt says, unlike the majority of poeple these days

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    Alex, thanks for the tips, I think I'll do what you said and take it easy and condition my body before I throw hard shots again. That's what happens when you have an old body but a young spirit...:D

    I figured there're a lot of experienced guys here, so was wondering if anyone else experienced this before.

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    You haven't been overreaching with your punches have you? I used to get pain in the elbows all the time when we had to do air punches and put lot of power in them.
    Just do as Alex said and take it easier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VoXidian
    You haven't been overreaching with your punches have you? I used to get pain in the elbows all the time when we had to do air punches and put lot of power in them.
    Same here when I first started.
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    Pay very careful attention to your form: hitting a heavy bag tends to build very bad punch habits, especially a tendency to want to satisfy your ego by "pushing" the bag and rather than hitting it -- the former looks a lot more impressive than the latter, but will turn you into a sloppy, lousy puncher with bad recovery habits. The difference between the two would readily explain your elbow pain in that specific spot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VoXidian
    You haven't been overreaching with your punches have you? I used to get pain in the elbows all the time when we had to do air punches and put lot of power in them.
    Just do as Alex said and take it easier.
    No, I don't think so, seem to be hitting the bag before my arms are fully extended, but good call though, it's definitely something I'll watch out for during the next training. Thanks!

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