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Paddle or Pickleball: Play it Safe, Dodge the Injuries!

July 07, 2023

We’ve all witnessed it—the eager but slightly out-of-shape adult venturing into the world of paddle or pickleball, only to be greeted by a series of unexpected injuries. As an emergency room doctor and avid pickleball enthusiast, I can attest that injuries are all too common and definitely painful. Let’s face it: we’re not as young and flexible as we used to be. 

Here’s what to look out for to ensure that your aching muscles and bruised egos don’t stand in the way of enjoying this fun new sport.


When the Racket Rebel: Tennis Elbow

Tennis elbow strikes when the outer part of your elbow becomes inflamed and achy. This frustrating condition is typically caused by repetitive motion or overuse of the forearm muscles. Treatments usually involve rest, technique modifications, or even switching to a more forgiving racket to reduce strain on those hard working muscles. Our expert providers often recommend over-the-counter pain relievers, anti-inflammatory medicines, and trusty elbow braces to offer support and alleviate strain on the affected muscles.

The Greek God of Injuries: Achilles Tendonitis

This mighty tendon, resembling a long rope connecting the muscles in the back of your leg to your heel bone, can succumb to Achilles tendonitis. It’s a condition brought on by overuse, inadequate stretching, and, of course, the occasional awkward twist or tumble. So, what can you do? Take a break, apply ice to the injury for at least 20 minutes, indulge in strengthening and stretching exercises, and consider sporting more supportive shoes. 

Defying the Aging Athlete Blues: Back Pain

We may have been unstoppable athletes in our youth, but as the years pass, getting back into the game can pose challenges. Back injuries, including muscle strains from overextension, herniated disks, and sciatica irritation, can throw a wrench into your paddle or pickleball ambitions. Resting, stretching, and ensuring properly sized equipment and shoes can make a world of difference in your swift return to the court. Let’s silence those aging athlete blues and show them what we’re made of!

The Lingering Price of Lunging: Sprains and Strains

Beware, lunging for the ball can push your muscles just a tad too far, leaving you with an unwelcome sprain or strain. Rest, ice the area for a generous 20 minutes or more, and elevate that injury like the champion you are. And remember, our urgent care facility has on-site X-rays to ensure your sprain isn’t something more serious. For more severe strains, our skilled providers may recommend compression bandages, crutches, or supportive braces. We’ll get you back in the game in no time!


Always remember to stretch before and after each game—your muscles will thank you! And if, despite your best efforts, you find yourself in a pickle of an injury, book an appointment at Our team of experts will get you back on the court in record time.

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