An enjoyable mix of badminton, tennis, squash and table tennis, Padel & Pickleball have surged in popularity across Canada. The low-impact nature makes it accessible for people of all ages and fitness levels. However, as with any sport, appropriate preparation and prevention strategies are essential to avoid injuries.
Here are some tips to consider:
Warm-Up and Cool-Down:
These are crucial aspects of any sporting activity. Begin with a five to ten-minute brisk walk or jog to get your blood circulating and muscles warmed up. After playing, cool down with a slower-paced walk and stretching.
Prior to the game, focus on dynamic stretches that mimic Pickleball or Padel movements. Lunges with a torso twist can help prepare your lower body and core. Arm circles can help warm up your shoulders.
Post-game, opt for static stretches to prevent stiffness. Key areas to focus on are your shoulders, wrists, and legs. Gentle quad, hamstring, and calf stretches, along with wrist flexor and extensor stretches, are highly recommended.
Hydrate and Rest:
Hydration aids muscle function and recovery. Rest is equally important to allow your body to recover and avoid overuse injuries.
Regular visits to your chiropractor, physiotherapist and/or health professional can help maintain optimal spinal health, improve mobility, and reduce the risk of injury.More