The popularity of the game of pickleball has grown by leaps and bounds, especially among older people. This is because it has similarities with tennis and hold the appeal of athleticism outdoors but is easier to learn and play, with the courts being smaller so that it does not require as much running around and the serve is nowhere near as difficult to master.
But it seems to have its downsides and one that is that older players drawn to the game because of its ease of adoption may underestimate that there is some real physicality involved and as a result, there have been quite a number of injuries that have been attributed to the sport, with this report that “injuries related to pickleball could cost Americans between $250 million and $500 million in medical costs this year, mostly related to wrist and leg sprains and fractures.”
The comic strip Grand Avenue, where the main characters are a grandmother and her two grandchildren, has been running strips on this theme this week, such as this one August 8th.
One of the negatives of the game is that its creators chose a hard flat paddle and a hard plastic ball and the sound of the ball hitting the paddle is quite loud and irritating and can become annoying to people nearby.