No, I've never over extended my elbow. the elbow mobility, its really strange. most of the time, and I mean like 95% of the time, I cannot fully straighten my arm - with both palms outstretched in front of me, my right arm is always slighty bent (palm higher than the left). Now, only a small percentage of the time there is pain, usually following a day of bowling then a day of golfing. And, it only hurts when I try and straighten it, and it hurts a lot. Most noticeably when I putt - that final pop extension (a la discmanias latest putting video with AJ) - OWCH. And no swelling whatsoever. Maybe the doc's are hacks, but I went to two different ones, when the pain was at its worst, and nothin'.
all this talk has me at a realization that distance should be the least of my priorities. I should be figuring out what to do about my elbow, and then do what's necessary to eliminate the potential for continued serious injury - stretching, icing, maybe throwing differently.
ice routine for a couple weeks sounds like a good start, and stretching before/after and icing after - I'm going to implement all of that immediately.
appreciate your feedback JR.