pic1It was announced on Tuesday that Atlanta Braves, David Carpenter, has been placed on the 15-day disabled list due to a strained right biceps.

The biceps muscle is on the front part of the upper arm. The muscle is attached to the elbow, and at two places in the shoulder. Inflammation of the long tendon, which runs over the top of the upper arm and attaches to the top of the shoulder blade, is fairly common for athletes.untitled

 

Extended use of the biceps muscle or tendons, extreme force applied to the muscle or extreme contraction of the triceps muscle can cause you to strain your biceps. Biceps strains are defined by their range of severity:

 

 

 

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A grade 1 strain is a minor overstretching or pulling of the biceps muscle or tendon, this involves no tearing of muscle or tendon fibers and results in no loss of strength.
A grade 2 strain causes moderate tearing of the biceps muscle or tendon and may result in some loss of strength.
 A grade 3 strain is a severe or complete rupture of the biceps muscle or tendon and may require surgical repair.

People who participate in contact sports, throwing sports and weight lifting are more likely to strain their biceps, as well as people with poor circulation, poor nutrition, previous upper-arm injuries and poor muscle conditioning. Warming up before physical activity and participating in a strengthening and conditioning program can help you prevent a strained muscle.

What are the symptoms of a bicep strain? Typically in most cases the symptoms are mild. They might include swelling, mild pain, bruising and tightness.

What are the treatments for a bicep muscle strain? Most injuries will respond to ice, rest, elevation, muscle relaxers and anti-inflammatory medications. In very rare situations the muscle could become a sprain and then different intervention, including surgery, might be required.

How long is the recovery time? Most bicep strains respond to treatment in from four to six weeks.

 

Provided by The Primus Sports Medicine Staff