Pickleball is a racquet sport that combines elements of badminton, tennis, and table tennis. It is played on a smaller court with a lower net and a perforated polymer ball. The game is played with a paddle, similar to a small tennis racquet, and it is easy to learn and can be played by people of all ages.
Pickleball is a great sport to play because it provides a full body workout and can be enjoyed by people of all skill levels. It is also a social game that can be played with friends or in organized groups, making it a fun way to spend time with others and stay active. In addition, because it is played on a smaller court, it is easier on the body and can be less strenuous than other sports, making it a good option for people who may not be able to participate in more high-impact activities.
Like any physical activity, there is a risk of injury when playing pickleball. Some common injuries that can occur include strains or sprains, tendonitis, and overuse injuries. It is important to warm up before playing and to use proper equipment, including a good pair of athletic shoes, to help reduce the risk of injury. It is also a good idea to listen to your body and take breaks as needed to avoid overdoing it. If you have any pre-existing medical conditions or are concerned about your ability to play pickleball, it is always a good idea to consult with a healthcare professional before starting any new physical activity.
Fun Fact Friday: 🧐Did you know you can play Pickleball at Pal Gym AND at the Harry Taylor Tennis Center? ✌️9am. Ages 50+. No Fee. No Registration Required. Supplies Provided.
@Harry Taylor Tennis Center (outdoor)
1202 Parkside Dr, Pasadena, TX 77502
Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays
@PAL Gym (indoor)
2910 Southmore Ave, Pasadena, TX 77503
To DIY and play pickleball, you will need the following equipment:
1. Pickleball paddle: This is similar to a small tennis racquet and is used to hit the ball. There are many different styles and brands to choose from, and the right paddle for you will depend on your skill level and personal preference.
2. Pickleball balls: These are made of a perforated polymer material and are designed specifically for pickleball.
3. Pickleball net: This is a portable net that can be set up on a variety of surfaces, including grass, concrete, and indoor gym floors.
4. Athletic shoes: It is important to wear shoes that have good support and traction when playing pickleball.
You may also want to consider purchasing other items such as pickleball gloves to help improve your grip on the paddle, wristbands to help absorb sweat, and sun protection if you will be playing outdoors.
Pasadena Parks and Recreation