Pickleball is quickly becoming one of the most popular activities around – and for good reason! It’s an easy-to-learn game that combines elements from tennis, badminton, and table tennis, making it a sport the whole family can enjoy. Not to mention, pickleball can be a great way to get active and have fun simultaneously.
A Sport for All Ages
Pickleball is a sport for all ages, and can easily be played by kids as young as three years old all the way up to those in the 65 years+ community. With the right court set-up and equipment, the whole family can join in on the fun of pickleball. Plus, since pickleball requires a smaller court than tennis, it’s an ideal game to play at home or in a park.
Numerous Health Benefits
Not only is pickleball an enjoyable activity for family members of all ages, but it also offers several health benefits as well. The game encourages physical activity which can help improve balance, coordination, and overall fitness levels – and burning calories while having fun? That’s a win-win! Pickleball is an ideal sport for older adults looking for a low-impact way to move their bodies. Additionally, since the nature of the game involves quick passing and a lot of strategic thinking, pickleball can even help sharpen mental skills.
Plus, the game is incredibly social as well! Pickleball is an excellent way to make new friends or connect with family members. Whether you’re playing with close relatives or those from outside your family, the bonds created at the court will last for years to come.
Prevention and Treatment of Common Injuries
Though pickleball is an incredibly fun and beneficial sport, it’s important to remember that playing this game comes with certain risks as well. The most common injuries associated with pickleball include sprains and strains from overuse or improper technique, as well as cuts and bruises resulting from the ball hitting bare skin. To prevent these issues, be sure to warm-up and stretch before playing. Additionally, wear the right protective gear – such as tennis shoes, wrist guards and gloves – and use the proper equipment (a pickleball paddle) when playing. In the unfortunate event of a pickleball injury, our team at Syracuse Area Health – Strasburger Orthopaedics can help get you back on the court.
So, if you’re looking for a fun activity that the whole family can take part in (not to mention one with great health benefits), pickleball is definitely worth a try! With all the perks previously mentioned, and a quick learning curve, this game is sure to be a hit for your family.
If you or your loved ones want to ensure you’re in top physical shape before embarking on your pickleball journey (or have an injury that may be preventing you from enjoying the sport) schedule a consultation with Dr. Strasburger today!