Pickleball Fun: 7 Ways to Prevent Injuries and Master the Game!

Pickleball Fun: 7 Ways to Prevent Injuries and Master the Game!

July 17, 2023

Hey there, pickleball community! Picture this: I’m sitting back, sipping on my morning coffee a few weeks ago, when I stumble upon a headline from Bloomberg’s latest article. Brace yourselves… “Pickleball Injuries May Cost Americans Nearly $400 Million This Year.” Can you believe it? My jaw drops, but deep down, I’m not entirely shocked. Every day, we witness passionate pickleballers taking to the courts, but we can’t just stand idly by while you all end up paying a hefty price for your love of the game. Fear not! We have a solution that lets you have your cake and eat it too! It’s all about preparation, injury prevention, and forming good habits to dodge those blows caused by pickleball mishaps.

Regardless of whether you’re a seasoned pickleball pro or just dipping your toes into this thrilling sport, we are ecstatic to plunge headfirst into the world of pickleball and unveil some exhilarating ways to prevent injuries while ruling the court. At Body Moksha Physical Therapy, we’ve witnessed players from all walks of life – from marathoners to golf enthusiasts – and we know firsthand the significance of staying injury-free. So, grab your trusty paddle, because we’re about to serve up some top-notch safety tips that will keep you in the game for the long run!

1. Warm-Up Magic:
Just like a good pickleball strategy, a solid warm-up routine is essential. But first, we must understand why warming up is necessary.

Injury Prevention

It will establish a good injury prevention routine. Warming up helps to prevent injuries by preparing your body for the upcoming physical demands. It gradually increases blood flow to your muscles, enhancing their flexibility and range of motion. This reduces the risk of strains, sprains, and muscle tears that can occur when you push your body without proper preparation.

Improved performance

A proper warm-up primes your body for optimal performance. It increases your heart rate, raises body temperature, and activates your nervous system, allowing for better coordination, reaction time, and muscle function. By preparing your body in advance, you can perform at your best and reach higher levels of strength, speed, and endurance during your exercise or sport.

Mental readiness

Warming up not only prepares your body but also helps you mentally transition into the activity ahead. It allows you to focus, concentrate, and get into the right mindset for the upcoming physical challenges. By taking a few moments to warm up, you can shake off distractions, improve your mental clarity, and enhance your overall exercise experience.

Start with light aerobic exercises like jumping jacks or a brisk walk to get the blood pumping. Follow it up with dynamic stretches, such as leg swings and arm circles, to improve flexibility and reduce the risk of strains. Warming up doesn’t have to be dull; turn up your favorite tunes and make it a dance party! Check out our guide on the benefits of warming up and some drills to get you started HERE.

2. Find the Perfect Gear:
You know how finding the right paddle can be a game-changer? Well, the same goes for protective gear! Invest in good-quality, non-slip court shoes to prevent falls and ankle sprains. Wearing elbow and knee pads can also provide an extra layer of protection during those intense rallies. Plus, you’ll look like a pickleball fashion icon!

3. Pace Yourself, Champ:
Pickleball is a blast, and we get it; you want to play for hours! But remember, pacing yourself is the secret to longevity on the court. Take short breaks between games to rest and rehydrate. Overexertion can lead to muscle fatigue and increased injury risk. So, listen to your body and be a pickleball superstar in the long run!

4. Master Your Technique:
They say practice makes perfect, and it’s true for pickleball too! Work on your technique to avoid unnecessary strain on your body. Whether it’s perfecting your serve or improving your backhand, a solid technique can save you from injuries and elevate your game. Playful tip: Challenge a friend to a “technique showdown” for some extra fun!

5. Cross-Training Wonders:
To be a pickleball maestro, consider cross-training with other sports like tennis, golf, or paddle ball. Mixing it up not only keeps things exciting but also strengthens different muscle groups, reducing the risk of overuse injuries. Plus, you’ll have a repertoire of sports skills to impress your friends at your next backyard BBQ! Here at Body Moksha, we’re BIG on strength training. One of the main reasons our patients come in injured after playing their sports is simply the lack of strength. With repetitive sports such as pickleball, golf, running, and swimming, you repeatedly use the same muscles in your body over and over, eventually causing so much strain on them that they give up or call for help. Through cross-training and strength training, you are able to mitigate this risk and dominate the courts for longer! Check out our video on simple strength training exercises to get you started HERE.

6. Cooling Down is Cool:
Just like the sweet taste of victory, a proper cool-down is oh-so-satisfying. Take a few minutes after playing to stretch those muscles gently. This can improve flexibility, reduce soreness, and prevent potential injuries. Go ahead, strike a victory pose, and bask in the glory of your epic cool-down!

7. Listen to Your Body:
Your body knows best, so don’t ignore the warning signs. If something feels off or painful, don’t push through it. Instead, take a break, rest, and if needed, seek professional advice from our awesome physical therapy team. We’ll have you back on the court in no time!


Congratulations, pickleball aficionados! You’re now equipped with the pickleball injury prevention playbook. Remember, staying injury-free is the key to endless fun on the court and beyond. Embrace these playful tips, and keep honing your skills to become the ultimate pickleball champ. If you ever need our professional assistance, our doors are wide open for you. Until then, have a blast, stay safe, and pickle on! Click the button below and contact us today!

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