Tendon overload is an issue in eSports. As we continue to increase our time gaming, we will increase our risk of injury because the workload has increased. The more we use our fingers and bend our wrist to use a mouse, the risk of developing mouse elbow, commonly referred to as tennis elbow.
Mouse elbow, or lateral epicondylitis is a common type of elbow pain that appears in eSports, and is usually felt as pain on the outside of the elbow with gripping, or overuse of the fingers/wrist extensor muscles. Lateral epicondylitis affects your wrist extensor group near the tendon and can be associated with loading that exceeds its capacity, leading to breakdown, pain and swelling.
However, this isn’t always as simple as being an elbow issue. Shoulder strength, stability and biomechanics plays a big roll in elbow pain. When your shoulder isn’t functioning optimally, the elbow will try to make up for it, which is commonly what leads to this overloading issue.
*This does not constitute medical advice. If you have pain or injury please consult a medical profession in person*