Massage for Pickleball Players in Santa Barbara, Goleta, Ca.

A good friend of mine, John E. recommended that I start playing pickleball so I had to do some research, and here’s what I found:
Pickleball is quickly becoming one of the most popular recreational sports in the U.S. It combines tennis, badminton, and ping pong, and it is great exercise without being so high-impact. That said, injuries can occur, so all players must take care of their bodies and know how to find relief after those hard matches and that’s where PRO Massage comes into your life.

Why is it called Pickleball?

Okay, now you know how it all started but the question we’re all thinking still remains: why do they call pickleball, well, pickleball? According to the to the U.S.A. Pickleball Association, the origins of the name differ between different accounts.

Joel Pritchard’s wife, Joan, started to call their game pickleball because “the combination of different sports reminded me of the pickle boat in crew where oarsmen were chosen from the leftovers of other boats.” But according to Barney McCallum, they named the game after Pritchard’s dog, who was (as you might’ve guessed) named Pickles! Despite the sour taste of actual pickles, their dog was sweet and known to run off with the ball while it was still being played!

Depending on who you ask, both accounts of the game’s name may actually be true. At the start, there wasn’t any name for pickleball until an official one was needed when the game started to gain traction. With the laid-back nature of pickleball, it’s only appropriate that it was named in a similar fashion.

How many days a week should you play pickleball?
We recommend fitness training about 3 times per week at any age. Some people work out up to 6 times per week, but most people do just fine with 3-5 sessions. Because you’re also playing pickleball, we recommend 3 gym sessions per week.
What muscles does pickleball work?
Focus on stretching the muscles of your lower body that will get used the most—hamstrings, hip flexors, quadriceps, glutes. This will not only help your legs, hips, and knees but also your back. Don’t forget to stretch your shoulders, and warm up your elbows and wrists.

Although Pickleball is a fairly gentle sport on your body, injuries can still happen. Knowing how to maintain your body and find relief after Pickleball helps to keep you on your game and prevent accidents and sore muscles. Here are seven ways you can help your body heal post-match and get primed for next time.

Is pickleball hard on the body?
Pickleball is typically easier on your joints compared to tennis, but that does not mean that something like knee pain won’t develop playing pickleball. We want to help you stay on the court and avoid injuries like knee pain- so enjoy our article on how to sustain healthy and robust knees while playing pickleball.
What is the most common injury in pickleball?
The most common injuries in pickleball can be an ankle sprain, Achilles tendonitis, hamstring or quadriceps muscle strain, shoulder impingement, and wrist fracture. Some of these injuries will put your game on hold for a time, but others can be game-ending.
How do I increase my stamina for pickleball?
Get Moving. Walking and running are important components of pickleball. Increasing your stamina by continually going for a brisk walk or run will assist with your game when it’s time to get back on the court. Additionally, it’ll assist in your cardiovascular health.
Is pickleball good for weight loss?
Pickleball can positively contribute to weight loss given that it keeps your body active which is good for weight management. While you can enjoy the fun, this game also helps your body burn some fat which can contribute to obesity.
Is pickleball an old person sport?
Even though the sport of pickleball has a reputation as a senior sport and is still largely played by players over the age of 55, the sport of pickleball is re-characterizing itself as a sport for all ages.
Is pickleball good for older adults?
Racket sports boost the cardiovascular system which helps prevent many of the unwanted problems of older age like hypertension, stroke, and heart attack. Pickleball gives you a good aerobic workout without as much stress and strain on joints and muscles, as mentioned above.
Which is harder tennis or pickleball?
All said though, pickleball and tennis are almost equal in complexity with pickleball perhaps having the slight edge. Intensity and Injuries: This one is easy. Pickleball isn’t as physically as demanding as tennis meaning play is generally less intense and there are definitely fewer injuries.
Why do my heels hurt after playing pickleball?
Chronic injuries that can affect Pickleball players will typically result from overuse or repetitive pounding on the hard playing surface. In the foot, these can include plantar fasciitis and heel contusions.
Is pickleball hard on shoulders?
A shoulder strain is common in pickleball as well. Even though in pickleball, players serve and volley with paddles below their shoulders, the repetitive use of force can produce rotator cuff inflammation or tendonitis.
Is pickleball a workout?
Pickleball is a great sport for all-around fitness. It exercises all the major muscle groups, provides a cardio workout, and improves dexterity, mobility, agility, and balance. Because it involves bursts of faster movement, it also serves as a form of interval training.

List of good health suggestions for pickleball players

1. Get Massage Regularly

PRO massage specializes in tennis & pickleball therapeutic sports massages to provide relief, relax muscles and improve your game.

Tennis or Pickleball is a tremendous workout that improves not only our physical strength but also our mental fortitude. Having strong hand-eye coordination leads to increased reasoning skills, and social skills and can even make us more productive at work. Playing your best relies on your body being in peak form both on and off the court. This is why the Pro Massage Tennis or Pickleball Massage was designed around you and your game. 
Some of the reported benefits of sports massage include:
  • Increased joint range of motion (ROM)
  • Increased flexibility.
  • Increased sense of well-being.
  • Decreased muscle tension.
  • Decreased neurological excitability (nerves more relaxed)
  • Decreased muscle spasms.
  • Better sleep.

2. Invest in massage equipment and foram rollers

Massage equipment help to release adhesions in your body by rapidly pulsing against them.

Foam rolling is a common recovery method for athletes in a variety of sports. They are used for self-myofascial release (SMR). This means that they help eliminate trigger points or “knots” in the fascia (connective tissue) and allow for effective self-massage that relieves tension in minutes.

Even if you don’t have chronic pain, using a foam roller can allow you to recover faster and keep your muscles relaxed. Rolling often feels intense, but the temporary discomfort is worth the ultimate relief. Once you feel comfortable with this practice, try out a harder roller with nubs (if tolerable), as this will allow you to work your tissue on a deeper level. Just make sure you practice controlling the level of pressure as it will be tender.

Locate the tight areas on your body and move the massage gun to these areas to release tension. If you are feeling soreness and tension all over, hop into your massage chair! Massage equipment can help to ease your body’s soreness and reduce the risk of injury during play because you will be more relaxed and flexible.

3. Take supplements

If you find that you are fatigued, cramping, sore, or having other problems after a pickleball match, your body may just need some support. A supplement can help you alleviate these issues and continue to play without negative side effects. For example, if you have trouble with cramping muscles, look into a supplement with magnesium that can help resolve this issue. Be sure to talk to your doctor before taking any supplement.

4. Try resistance bands

You have likely seen resistance bands used as a workout tool. However, they can also be used as a tool for recovery because they do not put pressure on your joints, improve stability and strength, and reach deeper stretches than you could reach alone. YouTube has some great videos instructing you how to use these bands to engage your muscles right at home.

5. Implement rebounding in your recovery

In the 1980s, NASA studied rebounding as a way for astronauts to recover bone and muscle mass after being in space. Today, it is thought of as a vetted way to effectively stay in top condition. What exactly is rebounding, though? Rebounding is similar to jumping on a small trampoline with low bounces where your feet do not leave the ground or have full jumps. The benefits of this recovery method include lymphatic drainage, improved bone mass, and better endurance and balance.

6. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate

Pickleball is an outdoor sport that is played when the sun is shining, and the temperature is high. As a result, you’ll need to keep your fluid intake up to ensure you avoid dehydration. Furthermore, water helps to flush toxins out of your body, transport nutrients into the cells, and regulate your body temperature and pH balance. It can also help with muscle soreness and tension.

Strive to drink half your weight in ounces every single day. You can also drink something with electrolytes to replenish some of the salts you will lose on the court. You’ve got this!

7. Exercise in a variety of ways

One of the best ways that you can protect vulnerable areas of your body (back, knees, shoulders, etc.) during pickleball matches is by performing regular exercises off the court. You will want to focus on a few areas of your body for the best results:

  • Strengthen your legs – quadriceps, hamstrings, and calf muscles
  • Keep your upper body strength to reduce shoulder injury
  • Exercise your core muscles to reduce strain on your lower back while you are playing     Can you ever step into the kitchen in pickleball?

The pickleball kitchen rule states that a player all volleys must be hit outside of the non-volley zone (the kitchen). In summary, players can NOT step into the kitchen or be touching the kitchen line when volleying the ball. The ball must have bounced before stepping into the kitchen to hit it.


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