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Health  2024 

The Role of Age as a Risk Factor for Pickleball-Related Injuries

DOI: 10.4236/health.2024.161008, PP. 87-91

Keywords: Physical Activity, Cardiac Arrest, Epidemiology, Pickleball, Injury

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Pickleball is a popular sport that includes players from many different demographics. The popularity has resulted in not only increases in participation but also in activity related injuries. The purpose of this study was to identify risk factors along with potential mechanisms for injuries related to pickleball and identify effective countermeasures. Methods included the identification of pickleball related injuries from a US National Emergency Room database (NEISS). A narrative section of the database was used to identify and categorize potential mechanisms of injury. Results indicated that the types and mechanisms of injury relate to three specific age groups: younger, middle age, and older players. Injuries to younger players under the age of 26 are likely the result of misuse of sport equipment. Middle aged players from 26 to 50 sustained injuries more related activity overuse. However, there were more concerns with players over 50 years of age with a great percentage resulting in cardia arrest or symptoms leading to more severe cardiovascular conditions. While pickleball activity should be encouraged as it is a beneficial form of physical activity, there should be specific age-group interventions to reduce injury. It should be highly recommended that doctors approve the activity for individual at risk for heart conditions and supervision for adults in that age group.

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