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Why doesn’t my elbow bend backward as far as it bends forward?

Your elbow doesn't bend backward as far as it does forward because the olecranon process, the tip of the elbow, acts as a stop. This prevents injury, such as a dislocation.

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

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