As Pickleball’s Popularity Rises, So Do Injuries - How to Prevent Them.

Pickleball’s popularity has seen a meteoric rise over the past several years, with recent data from the Association of Pickleball Professionals reporting 35.5 million pickleball players in the United States alone, making it the fastest growing sport in America.  As the sport increases in popularity, so does the rate of injuries associated with this sport.  At Castle Rock Foot & Ankle Care, we have seen a significant increase in pickleball associated foot and ankle injuries in our practice alone.  While many play year round, as the weather warms, outdoor leagues will soon begin.  It is important to understand common injuries associated with the sport, as well as strategies to help prevent them.  

 

Commonly Associated Injuries:

While pickleball is an exciting and engaging sport, there is a significant injury risk secondary to the duration of play, as well as the quick, explosive movements associated with the sport.  Many common pickleball injuries can be thought of as overuse injuries, meaning they develop over time due to repetitive movements.

More acute injuries are also common, and are caused by a single twist or fall while playing.  The most common include

 

Prevention Strategies: 

To help lower your risk of injury, you will want to be sure to use proper equipment and form when playing, and most importantly set yourself up for success with appropriate warm-up and cool-down activities.  Below are the most important strategies to help prevent injuries while playing.

As you get out on the court, enjoy yourself and follow the above guidelines.  Sometimes, despite  doing everything right and still end up with an injury.  Here at Castle Rock Foot and Ankle, we are available to help with all your foot and ankle needs, including when pickleball injuries arise, Call 303-814-1082 or visit castlerockfootandankle.com for an appointment. 

Author
Dr. Evan Smith Dr. Evan Smith Dr. Evan Smith is a Board-Qualified foot and ankle surgeon, providing personalized, high-quality care to the Castle Rock community as a physician with Castle Rock Foot & Ankle Care. Dr. Smith received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Illinois Wesleyan University. He then went on to earn a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree at Des Moines University College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery in Des Moines, Iowa, where he received The American Board of Podiatric Medicine Graduate Merit Award. Following medical school, he completed a three-year foot and ankle surgical residency program at Legacy Health in Portland, Oregon, gaining comprehensive training in all aspects of foot and ankle surgery. Dr. Smith takes pride in connecting with his patients and providing personalized care to get patients back to the activities they love.

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