I've watched the episode of The Vampire Diaries today, and here's the question: what does it mean "to blow out one's arm" in the following context?

So guess who came into the hospital for a shoulder arthroscopy this morning. Lady Whitmore, the girl from the bonfire, the one you miraculously saved from certain death and I can't figure out how. Turns out she was here on a tennis scholarship before she blew out her arm last year. Now she needs to get her cartilage cleaned out every 6 months.

Thanks :)

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It means to sustain an injury (tendons, ligaments, cartilage) usually at the elbow. The injury comes from using the limb, not from an accident, e.g. not from a collision. Athletes in sports that involve heavy use of the arm (such as tennis, or sports that involve throwing), often sustain shoulder injuries as well (e.g. at the rotator-cuff).

  • More commonly, regular folk blow out their back by twisting it funny or trying to lift something too heavy for them. Nov 14, 2014 at 15:03
  • I've heard "I threw my back out" but never "I blew my back out". Sounds excruciating.
    – TimR
    Nov 14, 2014 at 16:19
  • Sometimes a shoulder injury is still called 'blowing out the arm' especially when being very general.
    – Oldcat
    Nov 14, 2014 at 19:54

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