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Why does the elbow bruise easily?

It's easy to bruise your elbow because it has almost no padding. There is especially little padding in the area directly above the olecranon process, which is the bony tip of the elbow. There are no big muscles or fat tissues that cover and pad this area.

(This answer provided for NATA by the Southern Utah University Athletic Training Education Program.)

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