Whether you’ve never heard of it or your paddle is your most treasured possession, Pickleball is America’s fastest-growing sport.
But this phenomenon also has a sour side: a slew of health issues. Some estimates claim that pickleball injuries cost up to $400 million while also placing a burden on health insurance carriers.
Try these tips to minimize your chances of a tumble:
- Know your baseline - Each body is different. Know your limitations and build up slowly instead of pushing yourself out of bounds.
- Don’t get put away - Falling hurts. Avoid twisting or diving for a hard-to-reach shot that's out of your comfort zone.
- Shoulder fault - Swinging your paddle can be hard on the shoulders. Twist with your torso and build your shoulder muscles for stronger joints and better serves.
- Tender tendonitis - Overuse is a big problem. Rest when needed, avoid playing through pain, and try a different paddle if your current one is a strain.
No matter how much you try to stay in bounds, pickleball is a physical activity that will occasionally lead to injuries. But playing with your head and staying safe can help keep you on the court and away from the doctor.
And remember: stay out of the Kitchen!