Pickleball Injury Quick Fixes
I am not suggesting that you need to spend hours in the gym. Instead, find a diverse exercise program that improves your cardiac health and strengths your muscle and joints. Many of the sports injuries we see in younger people today are because they are concentrating on a single sport all year round. I’m told, “in the good old days” children played lots of different sports and participated in different activities throughout the year.
Pickleball is so addictive, that I find many of my students have given up all other sports, exercise, and activities. This results in various “over-use” pickleball injuries. Mix it up. You are not required to play pickleball on every day that ends with “Y”.
Establish a regular stretching program to avoid pickleball injuries. I recommend you perform light stretches before you play, keep moving on tournament days, and stretch again after play to minimize soreness. Stretching needs to become a daily habit if you want to avoid pickleball injuries.
- Using the proper grips and grip pressure can prevent issues with your arm;
- Learning the proper footwork and weight shift can help with lower body issues: and
- Proper posture at the NVZ line can minimize back pain.
Take the time to exercise, stretch and learn the proper technique. It may seem more difficult but remember the adage, “Sometimes you have to take one step back to take two steps forward.” Prevent pickleball injuries each and every day and you will have many more days to enjoy the sport moving forward.