About Steve

About Steve:

 

Update 11-27-2018:

I participated in the October Nutmeg Games but had to deal with a bit of a setback.   I signed up for the Mixed Doubles, 4.0 over age 60 bracket.

I received a text from my partner a week before the match that informed me that she had hurt her back while practicing and wouldn’t be able to play.

I scrambled around looking for a replacement to play with but wasn’t too optimistic given the time constraints.  Three days before the Tournament I received an email that someone else had a partner that had to withdraw at the last minute, and wanted to know if we could hook up.

So, we connected via text & decided to have a blind date at the Tournament.

We played together after meeting for the first time & as you can imagine, didn’t fare too well.  All things considered, it turned out ok.  We both got to play & we won two out of the five matches we played.  We didn’t medal, but we had a good time.

The “blind date” theme was enjoyed by all who knew our circumstance.

Update 09-14-2018:

Hi Everyone:

Well in this About Steve update, I finally took my own advice and reduced the number of days & hours I play now.  I’ve limited myself to two days a week and two to three hours a day.

My Tennis Elbow is gone, but I still wear my brace mostly for psychological reasons, but also to reduce the vibration going to the elbow. I also continue to play with my bad knee.  I wear a knee brace with hinges and it seems to keep my knee stabilized.  I still have some knee pain for a day or two after playing, but I don’t need the brace after playing. 

I know it isn’t going to get better so as long as I can keep playing with the brace, that’s what I’m going to do.  Eventually, like many folks our age I may have to have my knee replaced.  Until then, I’ll keep playing.

As a matter of fact, I’m playing in the Nutmeg Tournament in Connecticut in October.  It’s a non-sanctioned event, but should be a lot of fun.

I came home with two Silver medals at the last Nutmeg Games we had this past June, so we’ll see how we do this time.  I’ll give you an update later on.

 

Hello Everyone & welcome to pickleballinjuries.org.

I started playing Pickleball a few years ago and had been playing 3 to 4 times a week, usually 3 to 4 hours a day. It was too much, but I was addicted.  It’s probably the reason that I have a bad knee and the onset of Tennis Elbow for the first time in my life.

Tennis had been my sport of choice from the time I could lift a racquet.  Since changing over to Pickleball and dealing with injuries all of a sudden, I’ve started following my own advice and reduced the number of hours I play each day to two.  As you read further, my bottom-line advice is to:

Prepare, Maintain and Moderate.

When I first started playing, I thought that PickleBall would be a miniaturized form of tennis or an enlarged version of ping pong and that I wouldn’t have to worry too much about injuries.

Well, that was a misconception that I quickly learned the truth about. I’ve had my share of injuries. Still, I’d rather play through the minor ones when I can, rather than sit on the sidelines. How about you?

 

Just Dink It

I Know I play Like A Girl Try To Keep Up

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Pickleball is a Tough Sport

Anyone that plays PickleBall knows that the game is tough on the body,

Braces

especially for us Seniors.

The court is smaller but the starts and stops are quicker and more frequent. The combination of these quick movements along with slamming, dinking and overheads can play havoc on our muscles, tendons, and joints, even for young folks.

If you keep playing you’ll most likely have to deal with one injury or another.

Never Stop Playing

Here you can find advice on how you can avoid injuries to help you stay injury-free.  Little things like stretching before playing and hydrating while on the court can go a long way to help you stay in the game.

For those times when we’re a little stiff or sore, or need a little extra support, you can find links to products that are designed to help keep you in the game.

So please, take a look around the site, and check things out. If you have anything you’d like to share, or if you’d like to leave some feedback, I’d love to hear from you. If you need a hand or have any questions, please let me know by entering your questions or feedback in the “comments” section below.

Here’s to “Staying in the Game”,

                        Steve

steve@pickleballinjuries.org

 

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6 comments

  • Thomas Everitt says:

    As an addicted Pickleball player, I have discovered that most of us warm up by dinking for a few minutes and then proceed to run around and smash and drive the ball. Take a few extra minutes to take a brisk walk, flex ankles, wrists, shoulders with a few exercises before even going onto the court. As we age, our muscles require more stretching and warming before physical activities.
    Like everyone else, I can’t wait to get onto the court, but, take those extras minutes and you’ll play better and longer without pain.

    • admin says:

      Hi Tom:
      I agree, most players don’t allot enough time before playing to warm up correctly. Hamstrings, shoulders, and Achilles tendons really need to be stretched out before playing. Thanks for reinforcing what should be common sense, but often isn’t.

  • Danielle says:

    I appreciate any information regarding sport injuries. This website is very helpful and leads the way, I think. Everybody should remain active and find solutions to problems relating to pickle ball. Thank you.

  • Heather says:

    I have never played pickle ball. How do you play?

    • admin says:

      Hi Heather:
      Pickleball is played like tennis on a smaller court with its’ own set of rules & scoring.
      Like tennis, you serve in the opposite service box, but with an underhand serve. When the serve is returned, the serving team must let the ball bounce before they can hit it back. After the first volley, each team can play the ball any way they like. The one exception is that you can’t hit the ball on the fly if you’re standing in the Kitchen. If you are in the Kitchen, you must let the ball bounce before you can hit it back. There are a variety of shots you can use including the Dink, Lob, Passing shot or Overhead Slam.

      The scoring is accomplished by the serving team. If playing doubles, both serving team players serve before the serve goes to the opposing team. Games can be played to anything agreed upon. You can play to 7, 11, 15, or 21, as an example, usually winning by 2.

      The score is announced with the score of the serving team first, followed by the score of the receiving team followed by the number of the person serving (Doubles). So it would go like this to start: “zero-zer Because the team serving first only gets one serve to start the game, the server is #2, the score being 0-0. After the first serve, if the serving team wins the point, the score will be 1-0-2.

      If they lose the next point, they lose the serve and the other team starts by announcing the score as”0-1-1”, because their first server is serving. If they lose the point, then the other teammate serves & the score is “0-1-2”. Then the game continues with each team serving two times before the serve goes back to the other team.

      Hope this explanation was clear enough. For a complete description of the rules & scoring, check out the official USAPA website at USAPA.org.

      Kindest Regards,

      Steve

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