Pickleball – A Beginner’s Guide

May 24, 2024
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Ready to dive into the popular world of pickleball? Whether you’re a seasoned athlete or just looking for a fun, new way to stay active, pickleball offers something for everyone. At Brunswick Forest, our vibrant pickleball community is thriving! We offer top-notch facilities and an inviting atmosphere for players of all levels. From understanding the basics, to finding the perfect place to play, this beginner’s guide will have you wielding a paddle and calling out “dink!” in no time!

Health Benefits, Basic Rules, and Getting Started

Pickleball is not only a blast to play, but it is also fantastic for your health! This low-impact sport is easy on the joints, making it ideal for players of all ages. It enhances cardiovascular health and improves balance and coordination. Those quick bursts of movement and strategic thinking will keep your reflexes and mind sharp too! Plus, it’s a fantastic way to meet new friends and socialize!

The Basics: A Pickleball Primer

Pickleball combines elements of badminton, tennis, and table tennis. Played on a badminton-sized court with a slightly modified tennis net, it uses paddles and a perforated plastic ball. Games can be singles or doubles, and scoring is similar to ping pong. The goal is to score points by hitting the ball over the net and into the opponent’s court without them returning it successfully. For beginners, the essential gear includes a pickleball paddle, a few pickleballs, and comfortable athletic wear.

Health Professional’s Perspective on Pickleball

Dr. Patrick McCauley, DPT, Head of the Physical Therapy Department at Coastal Integrative Health, shares essential tips to prevent injuries: “Although pickleball can be seen as a leisurely sport, it also can pose a high risk for falls and injuries.  Some of the major fall-related injuries associated with pickleball include FOOSH type injuries (fall on an outstretched hand), head injuries, and hip or knee fractures.”

Tips to prevent a fall type injury with pickleball include:

1)    Wear proper footwear

2)    Take lessons on proper technique, such as avoiding backpedaling

3)    Review your medication side-effects (some may cause dizziness)

4)    Keep active with an exercise program

Benefits of Physical Therapy:

1)    Determine your fall risk and provide exercises to help decrease risk

2)    Improve joint mobility, range of motion, and strength

Coastal Integrative Health will be hosting a free pickle ball balance and mobility screening event Tuesday, June 27th, from 11:00am – 2:00pm.   Call (910) 408-1778 to sign up for your 15-minute screen with our doc!

Coastal Integrative Health has a convenient location in the Villages at Brunswick Forest. They provide valuable health services such as chiropractic care, physical therapy, laser therapy, and much more. 

Insights from the Brunswick Forest Pickleball Club

The Brunswick Forest Pickleball Club is the heart of our pickleball community and is open to all residents of Brunswick Forest! Membership includes the ability to sign up for all club events (must be a member to attend).

They sponsor many different social events and competitions for club members throughout the year, as well as supply all pickleballs at courts for use. They also conduct free clinics for members, and work with CAMS to supply first aid and equipment for the courts!

If you are looking to make some new friends, get a little exercise, or learn a new sport, this is the place to be. Sign up on the Brunswick Forest Pickleball page website. Membership is a bargain at $25 for an individual or $40 for a family.

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Where to Play in Brunswick Forest?

Here’s the best part – Brunswick Forest is a pickleball haven! We have dedicated courts at both the Fitness and Wellness Center and Cape Fear National. Plus, nestled within The Villages at Brunswick Forest, you’ll find the incredible House of Pickleball – a climate-controlled, twelve-court facility perfect for year-round play!

Ready to Dive into the Pickleball Fun?

So, what are you waiting for? Head down to the courts at Brunswick Forest or check out the House of Pickleball! Pickleball is a fantastic way to stay active, meet some amazing people, and experience the vibrant social spirit of our community. See you on the court! Call Brunswick Forest at 866-831-8289 to learn more!