It is not a game just for your grandparents pickleball is everywhere with people of all ages enjoying the sport yeah but the rise in popularity has also led to a rise in injuries Dorman Gensler is working for your health with the most common injuries one local doctor is seeing and some tips for you to avoid getting sidelined.

Pickleball is exploding in popularity Jamie Steinberg didn't have any racket sport experience but she got hooked as soon as she picked up a paddle I started playing four or five days a week two or three hours a day Barbara Dietz caught the bug too she's been playing for five years now really loved the game loved the people love the camaraderie we'll.

Take that described as a mix between tennis badminton and ping pong pickleball is very social it's easy to learn and it doesn't require a lot of running and with nearly 5 million players it's become the fastest growing sport in America there's no doubt pickleball can be a very fun sport but as thousands more people take up the.

Game doctors are seeing a lot more injuries with pickleball we see the gamut from acute injuries like sprains and strains even the occasional fracture to the more chronic overuse injuries things like tendonitis and arthritis type pain Dr Corrine Hudson is a sportsman medicine physician with MedStar Health she says part of the.

Problem is that players ramp up too quickly accounting for many of the injuries she sees both on and off the court young women in their 30s and 40s who come in with knee pain some of our older athletes will come in with rotator cuff pain that's shoulder pain that comes from a lot of aggressive sometimes overhead activities pickleball.

Injuries have been rising steadily since 2015 according to researchers who tracked older players over the age of 60. nationally about 19 000 pickleball related injuries are treated in emergency rooms every year many more players seek treatment at doctors offices including Jamie who developed a condition called tennis.

Elbow just two months after she started playing driving in the car and trying to pick up a coffee mug hurt it was so bad that sleeping was hard it would kind of wake me up and throb in pain she found out her paddle was too heavy and she didn't have the proper technique but after several months of physical therapy she was back in action with a two-handed.

Backhand did you get a lighter paddle I started wearing a brace I started exercising to strengthen and stretch and working with the sports massage therapist really helped Barbara has been injured too and now wears goggles to protect her eyes pretty strong serve hit the ball and it deflected into my eye really hard and it scared me a lot I'm.

Okay but I could have detached my retina what can we do to prevent these injuries so don't go from no activity to playing four times a week immediately start with slow increases in activity 15 to 20 minutes then going to 60 Minutes over a period of weeks Dr Hudson also says it's important to do a pre-game stretching warm-up and make sure you focus on your.

Footwear you'll need Court shoes that are designed for lateral movement running shoes or regular sneakers could be a problem on a pickleball court lastly listen to your body if it is a social activity that gets people outside and gets them fit and active in a way that is enjoyable it is though a sport it does come with some injury risk so we.

Don't want to scare people off so that they're not participating right but we want to make people aware that there are some risks they got to pay attention to them so that they can participate safely Doreen Gensler news 4. another important part of all this is getting lessons from an experienced Pro on proper technique and paying attention.

To the surface that you're playing on pickleballers in Chantilly which is where Doreen shot that story they use plexa cushion it's the same cord surface that's used at the Australian Open Grand Slam Tennis tournament
Pickleball is everywhere and people of all ages enjoy the sport, but its rise in popularity has also meant an increase in injuries. News4’s Doreen Gentzler reports how to avoid common injuries.
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