It’s the fasting growing sport in America.
This increasingly popular sport that combines the elements of tennis, badminton, and ping-pong, is attracting players of all ages and fitness levels. I should know, it has taken a hold of me!
Injuries can sneak into the mix. In fact, every time I visit the local park in Rancho Cucamonga to get some games in, I’m certain to run into a player or hear about someone who recently injured themselves playing pickleball.
These injuries can range anywhere from acute ankle sprains, a twisted knee, or a strained shoulder, to much more serious injuries such as a back injury or a broken bone.
First and foremost,
It’s crucial to understand how injuries happen, why they should be avoided, and the steps you can take to prevent them.
How injuries occur
1. Overuse and Repetitive Motion: Engaging in play without rest can lead to overuse injuries, such as tendonitis or stress fractures.
2. Falls and Trips: Quick movements can increase the risk of falls, resulting in sprains or fractures.
3. Incorrect Technique: Improper movement can strain muscles and joints, leading to soft tissue injuries.
4. Collisions: Accidental collisions with other players can occur, causing contusions or even more severe injuries.
Why Injury Prevention Matters,
1. Preserve Longevity: Avoiding injuries ensures that players can continue enjoying pickleball longer.
2. Enhance Performance: Preventing injuries allows players to maintain their peak performance levels on the court.
3. Reduce Medical Costs: Take proactive measures to prevent injuries. Players can save on medical expenses associated with treating sports-related injuries.
How to Prevent Pickleball Injuries,
1. Proper Warm-up: Dedicate time to warm up before play, try stretching exercises to prepare muscles for action.
2. Practice Good Footwear: Wear supportive footwear designed for court sports to reduce the risk of falls.
3. Improve Technique: Seek coaching to enhance stroke mechanics and footwork, reducing strain on the body.
4. Balance Rest and Play: Incorporate rest days into your pickleball schedule to allow your body time to recover.
5. Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of water during play to prevent dehydration and muscle cramps.
Pickleball is more than just a sport; it’s a community of like-minded individuals coming together for fun and enjoyment. By prioritizing injury prevention, you can ensure to keep yourself safe from unnecessary harm.
Here’s how I warm up from head to errr, toe to head before playing pickleball:
If you are currently on the road to recovery, know that your body can heal and get stronger. If previous methods have not worked for you, I invite you to sign up for a complimentary awareness call. I’ve worked with hundreds of clients from many injury backgrounds.
Let’s get clear,
When the body is put in the right environment for healing, miraculous results happen.
P.S Nutrition plays a vital role in the body’s ability to repair and heal itself. You won’t get very far on a sub-par diet. To really unlock your potential on the courts, you need to provide your body with the fuel it needs to grow.
Here’s 30 days’ worth of healthy, easy to make recipes that will give you the energy and strength to play all day.