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10 Safety Tips to Keep in Mind When Playing Pickleball This Season

23 Apr 2024 3:38 PM | Abigail Darwin

Now that Spring seems to have sprung for real, more pickleball players are feeling the urge to hit the courts. Here are some tips to keep in mind to ensure that you remain safe and healthy this Pickleball Season:

1.       Warm-up and Stretch: Before jumping into the game, it’s essential to warm up your muscles and stretch. This helps reduce the risk of strains and sprains.

2.       Wear Proper Footwear: Opt for court shoes with excellent traction to minimize the risk of slips and falls. Avoid running shoes, as they may not provide the stability and lateral support needed for the game.

3.       Never run backwards: If you have to get a ball behind yourself, hop sideways, or turn and run, but never just run backwards! It is a recipe for tripping and getting a concussion.

4.       Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of water before, during, and after playing pickleball. Staying hydrated helps regulate body temperature and reduces the risk of heat-related illnesses.

5.       Use Protective Gear: Consider wearing eye protection to avoid injuries caused by rogue balls, hands, or paddles. Players with knee, elbow, shoulder, or ankle issues may benefit from wearing braces or supports. Be sure to also wear sunglasses and sunscreen with adequate UV protection when out in the sunshine.

6.       Communicate Effectively: Good communication between players is essential for preventing collisions. Make sure to call out your shots and movements so your teammates know what to expect.

7.       Be Aware of Your Surroundings: Keep track of other players and spectators and be sure to clear away obstacles, such as extra balls, water bottles, towels, clothing, backpacks, etc. from the playing area.

8.       Maintain Proper Technique: Learn and practice proper pickleball techniques, including the appropriate grip and swing. Incorrect technique can lead to injuries over time.

9.       Listen to Your Body and Know Your Limitations: If you’re feeling pain or discomfort while playing, take a break, and consult with a medical professional if necessary. And, although it’s essential to challenge yourself on the court, avoid pushing too far beyond your limits. Incrementally increasing the intensity of your games can help reduce injury risks.

10.   Stay Consistent with Maintenance: Regularly inspect your pickleball equipment for signs of wear and tear. Replace worn or damaged items to ensure optimal performance and safety.

Incorporating these safety tips into your pickleball routine can significantly reduce your risk of injury and help ensure an enjoyable experience on the court.

Happy pickling!

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