Pickleball Injury & Performance
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Worried How Your Body Will Hold Up with Pickleball?
Currently Dealing With A Pickleball Injury ?
Are You Playing Less Pickleball Because of Pain?
Do You Feel Like You Can’t Get Passed Your Injury?
Worried You’ll Get Injured Like Your Pickleball Friends?
If you answered YES to one or more of those questions, we just might have a solution for you!
As a pickleball player, it’s likely you already know that injuries while playing pickleball are all too common.
Whether it’s a sprained ankle from pivoting too quickly or tennis/golfers elbow from repetitive motions, injuries can be a major setback for any player. As pickleball enthusiasts ourselves, it’s easy to see how great pickleball is as an avenue for physical activity, competition, relationship building and just a whole lot of fun!
As the leading sports medicine clinic in St. Petersburg for sports-related injuries, we’ve made it our mission to help local pickleball players and pickleball players world-wide to continue playing the game they love, pain-free.
Our team understands the injuries of pickleball players and comprehensive guide to injury prevention. From warming up properly before a match to strengthening key areas of your body, our guide will help you stay injury-free and on the court for longer.
"What Can I Do To Prevent Injury While Playing Pickleball?"
Although it’s easy for anyone at any age to pick up a paddle and become a “Pickler”, injury prevention should be on the forefront of every players mind! The great part is that injury prevention doesn’t have to be a full time job! At Alliance Regen & Rehab, we have tools and guidance you need to hit the pickleball court with confidence and success! Here are some easy and important suggestions!
- Proper Shoes: Wear shoes that provide good support and have a non-slip sole. Pickleball involves a lot of lateral movement, so make sure you choose shoes that offer good stability and grip.
- Hydration: Drink plenty of water before, during, and after each match or practice session. Staying hydrated can help prevent muscle cramps, heat exhaustion, and other conditions that can lead to injury.
- Warm-up: Warm up properly before each match or practice session. This should include active stretching and light cardiovascular exercise to get your muscles and joints ready for action. Check out our Do’s and Don’ts of Stretching Blog for more.
- Conditioning: Keep your body in good condition by maintaining a regular exercise routine that includes strength training and cardiovascular exercise. This will help you build endurance, increase your flexibility, and reduce your risk of injury.
- Off-the-court exercise: Incorporate exercises off the court that will help you improve your strength, balance, and flexibility. Yoga, Pilates, and other activities can help you stay in shape and prevent injuries on the court.
The most common injuries in pickleball are strains and sprains, accounting for approximately 28% of all pickleball injuries and fractures accounting for 27%. Lower body injuries are more common and include injuries such as ankle sprains, tendinitis, and meniscus tears. Upper body injuries can also occur including elbow tendinitis, which is also knows as “golfer’s elbow” or “tennis elbow. Facial injuries can also occur from time to time.
Pickleball is a fast moving game and requires a lot of quick movements in all directions, therefore it’s best to wear tennis shoes or court shoes that provide good lateral stability. Many new players will wear running shoes or shoes that loose fitting, which can make put a player at a higher injury risk for ankle and knee injuries.
We do! We have a virtual program specifically built by our sports medicine team and performance team, including a professional pickleball trainer. The program offers custom-made workouts designed for improving strength, agility, conditioning, injury prevention, and even injury rehab guides for the most common injuries that happen on a pickleball court.
Absolutely, helping people navigate injury and overcome is our specialty. We help people get back to sports quickly without surgery and without medications all of the time. We have a few options depending on the situation, but our team is great at getting you to the provider that can help you the best! All of you have to do is fill out our request an appointment form down below and a member of our team will reach out to you!
Yes absolutely! We’re able to help our fellow picklers virtually, whether it’s for injury rehab or for pickleball performance training. We’d love to talk with you about working together is the best option for you!
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