The Pickleball Story

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The Pickle Ball Story

The Pickleball Story. Sixty years ago, three friends in Bainbridge Island, Washington wanted to create a sport combining the elements of tennis, badminton and ping pong. Joel Pritchard, Bill Bell, and Barney McCallum labeled their creation “Pickleball”. They got the idea for the name from a “pickle boat” which is comprised of a boat made from different rowers from
different boats.

Pickleball Popularity Stats.
For decades, Pickleball was enjoyed quietly, mostly in retirement communities. But, with people craving safe interaction during the pandemic, Pickleball exploded across North America.

*Over 36 million players have tried Pickleball in the United States
*Canada has almost 1.5 million Picklers as they are called
*Pickleball has grown by well over 200% over the last 3 years
*The largest age bracket for Picklers is now 18-34.

Playing Pickleball
Curious about the gameplay? Pickleball is played indoors or outdoors and uses a smaller court and lower net than other racket sports. There is an area that extends 7 feet on each side of the net called the “kitchen,” which is the non-volley zone. This simple rule allows for players of varying abilities and physical condition to play more evenly. The paddle is between a ping pong paddle and a tennis racket in size, and the ball is perforated like a Wiffle ball. The serve is underhand; only the serving side can score points, and the game is played to 11 points.

Why Pickleball?
There are many reasons why so many are drawn to this phenomenon

1. Easy to Learn: Simple rules make it accessible to newcomers.
2. Inexpensive: Equipment costs are minimal.
3. All-Ages and Skill Levels: Enjoyable for young and old, novice and expert alike.
4. Social: Often played in doubles, fostering community and friendships.
5. Fun: Fast-paced action keeps players engaged.
6. Health Benefits: Provides moderate physical activity with potential cardiovascular benefits (Science & Sports, 2022).

The Pickle Ball Story

Pickleball Points To A Healthier You

*Research from Brigham Young University indicates that Pickleball can offer significant health benefits.
*Comparable to moderate-intensity activities like brisk walking.
* It is a great way to enhance and maintain physical fitness.

Pickleball and Physiotherapy
Pro Motion Physiotherapy can help you stay on top of your game. Like many racket sports participants, Pickleball players have reported injuries including lower extremity strains and sprains (especially of the ankle), fractures, and an overuse condition known as plantar fasciitis. Your physiotherapist can help you prevent injury by introducing strength and endurance training and a proper pre-game warmup.

Consulting a healthcare provider before starting, especially if you have health concerns, is advisable.

Get Started with Pickleball
If you are keen to pick up a paddle, consider taking lessons to learn proper technique and reduce injury risks. Like any sport, Pickleball can lead to muscle soreness or injury, so consulting a physiotherapist if symptoms arise is prudent. Given all the benefits of Pickleball, we want to help you with prevention education, or a specific and individualized warm-up routine to help keep you on the court!

Pickleball Is Not Just A Game
It is a thriving community with benefits for body and mind. Whether you are a seasoned player or new to the sport, explore the courts and discover why Pickleball has captured the hearts of so many worldwide.

Science & Sports 37 (2022)—Physical activity differences between walking and playing pickleball doubles, Denning et al.
Physician Assist Clin (2023) – Foot and ankle injuries with the rise of pickleball, Elegeert et al.

Do you have a question about whether Physiotherapy is indicated for your injury, pain or condition? Pro Motion is pleased to offer a 15 minute complimentary phone consultation with one of our Physiotherapists. Don’t hesitate to call us at 905.731.1991 to book your consultation and have your questions answered.

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