Pickleball: An Adaptable, Approachable Sport for Summer  

Aug 9, 2023 | Newsletter, Summer 2023

What is Pickleball? Pickleball is a racquet sport in which two to four players use a solid paddle to hit a lightweight ball over a net. The pickleball court uses the same dimensions as badminton and uses the rules and net of tennis with a few modifications.  

As we get older, it can become increasingly important to find enjoyable and low-impact activities that promote physical fitness and overall well-being. Pickleball’s growing popularity among older adults can be attributed to its numerous health benefits. As stated in The Pickleball Player, this sport can provide an excellent cardiovascular workout that helps strengthen the heart and lungs. It also enhances balance, coordination, and agility, all of which are vital for maintaining mobility and preventing falls for older adults.  

Pickleball can improve muscle strength and endurance, particularly in the upper body and core, due to the constant swinging and movement involved in the game. One of the key advantages of pickleball for older adults it is low-impact in nature. This is especially beneficial for individuals with arthritis or other joint-related conditions, allowing them to engage in physical activity without excessive strain or discomfort. 

Another aspect that makes pickleball appealing to older adults is its social aspect. The game is typically played in doubles, fostering a sense of camaraderie and teamwork.  

 Pickleball can be easily tailored to accommodate different skill levels, making it inclusive and accessible to seniors of all abilities. Whether one is a beginner or an experienced player, the sport offers a variety of options to ensure that everyone can participate and enjoy the game.  

To find a community center near you that offers pickleball, speak with a Community Resource Specialist at (408) 350-3200, option 1.