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  • Writer's pictureDr. Jeremy Will, D.C.

Ace Your Game: Essential Pickleball Safety Tips

Pickleball has gained widespread popularity for its blend of fun, strategy, and fitness benefits. However, like any sport, playing safely is crucial to avoid injuries that could affect your spine and overall well-being. Let's explore some vital injury-prevention strategies for pickleball players.


1. Warm Up

Before hitting the pickleball court, warm up your muscles for a few minutes. Simple Stretches and light movements prepare your body for action and reduce the risk of strains and sprains.

 

2. Wear Proper Shoes

Pickleball involves a lot of quick movements, so make sure you wear supportive athletic shoes with good arch support and grip. This helps prevent slips and falls, keeping you safe during fast-paced play.

 

3. Use the Right Technique

Pay attention to how you swing your paddle and move around the court. Using the correct technique reduces stress on your body, especially your spine and joints.

 

4. Stay Hydrated

Drink plenty of water before, during, and after your pickleball games. Staying hydrated helps prevent cramps and keeps your muscles and joints working smoothly.

 

5. Strengthen Your Core

A strong core helps support your spine and improve your balance on the court. Try some simple core exercises to build strength and stability.

 

By incorporating these tips into your pickleball routine, you can ensure a safe and enjoyable experience throughout the summer. For a quick reference, check out our helpful pickleball infographic. And remember, if an injury hinders your game, our team is here to provide the care and support you need to return to the court.


 

Chronic Pain and Depression Reinforce Each Other


Chronic pain, which is typically defined as persistent pain lasting longer than three weeks, can have a significant impact on a person’s quality of life. A recent study examined the prevalence of chronic pain and a diagnosis of depression or anxiety. Their findings showed an almost five fold increase in depression or anxiety for those suffering from chronic pain compared to people without chronic pain. They determined the two conditions to commonly occur together and that both depression and chronic pain should be addressed to achieve any real resolution compared to only focusing on one condition.


It is so common when treating someone who has been suffering from chronic pain that they “can do all the things I’ve been wanting to do again” once they are feeling better. We don’t always realize the negative impact of pain and the limitations it can have on us until we’re already significantly impacted, but the great news is there are ways to solve these problems. The negative cycle of pain and depression does not have to be end result, but we have to proactive in finding a movement based solution!

If you’re interested, this is a great place to understanding how to address chronic pain.

 

Werneck AO, Stubbs B. Bidirectional relationship between chronic pain and depressive symptoms in middle-aged and older adults. General Hospital Psychiatry. 2024 May 11.

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