Pickleball is a paddleball sport that combines elements of badminton, table tennis, and tennis. Two or four players use solid paddles made of wood or composite materials to hit a perforated polymer ball, much like a wiffle ball, with 26-40 round holes, over a net.
Safety is our number #1 priority, and we want to keep every player on their feet. As with any sport having the right equipment, keeping our bodies in proper condition, and knowing our limits all play a role in allowing us to enjoy playing pickleball.
Hydration – Pickleball is a sport and activity. As such we need to make sure we are hydrating before, during, and after play.
Protect your skin – Remember to wear sunscreen and when waiting on the sidelines, consider a wide brim hat that will shade your eyes, ears, and neck.
Protect your eyes – Sunglasses help cut the glare and light reflected off the surface. Sports sunglasses or eyeglasses are HIGHLY recommended because not only do they provide full UV protection, their lenses are non-breakable and will prevent any eye injuries.
Shoes – Court shoes are HIGHLY recommended as they are designed to increase lateral (side to side) movement, which makes it easier to move on the court. Here is a helpful video on selecting shoes for pickleball.
Balance – Can you stand on one leg without using your arms? Can you stand and look all the way up? Can you turn your head and shoulders right to left without pain or restriction? Can you shift your weight from foot to foot with varying speeds? Good balance is critical to prevent injury while playing pickleball.
Know your limits – Yes, I know this is the hardest one of all. We can all get a little competitive, some of us more than others. But is it worth an injury? That injury may not just sideline you for a few weeks, it may be a game-changer.