Listen to your body to avoid pickleball injuries!

In addition to warming-up and stretching prior to each pickleball session, it is important that you pay attention to what your body is telling you.  An ache, a pain or a weakness in any part of your body is a signal to you that your body is being stressed beyond the norm.  We have to remember that our physical body is the same age as what the calendar says!  I can relate to you a personal experience that reinforces this point.  I have suffered for the past 8 months or so with rotator cuff tendinitis.  To cope with it I went to the doctor and had cortisone shots every 3 months.  Feeling good once again, I continued to play pickleball.  This routine came to a screeching halt 4 weeks ago.  I executed my unorthodox backhand while playing and experienced extreme pain in my right shoulder.  An MRI showed that I had torn one of the tendons that make up the rotator cuff.  Consequently, I must have surgery to repair the tear.  Had I focused on strengthening the muscles and tendons when I first experienced the tendinitis, perhaps the tear wouldn’t have happened.  If something isn’t quite right in your body, it will tell you.  Listen to it!!

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