The other day after splitting with my 8lb maul I had a pretty good ache in my right elbow. I'm used to my shoulders being sore with that "good workout" kind of soreness that you get after working hard at the gym, but this is different. The pain is in the joint, not the muscle. I'm right handed so my right is always the lead hand when I'm swinging. I also notice that I tend to feel the impact when I strike a round in my right elbow. I try to swing "roundhouse" style with both of my hands ending up at the end of the handle when the maul strikes the wood, so its not as if my arm is getting a shock from holding too far up on the handle. Anyway, I love splitting by hand and can't afford a log splitter at the moment, but I can't afford to blow out my elbow either. As the son of a UPS driver who's had surgery on his back and both knees, I know how debilitating those kinds of injuries can be. What can I do to make sure I'm not setting myself up for an injury? Would some kind of vibration dampening glove help? How about the handle? This maul has a fiberglass handle and I'm not sure if that helps or hurts.