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Why People Play Pickleball, Pickleball Benefits

Kathy Levinson

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A San Franciso Bay Area resident, Kathy Levinson graduated from Stanford University, obtaining a bachelor of arts in economics and psychology. Kathy Levinson is currently a certified pickleball coach and member of the Palo Alto Pickleball Club.

Pickleball continues to grow in popularity as it combines the aspects of many other sports such as tennis, ping-pong, and golf. Pickleball combines the structure of doubles tennis with social elements present in golf and a scoring system similar to that in ping-pong. Consequently, many people who enjoy tennis or ping-pong sometimes add pickleball to their athletic repertoire, as the sport combines the best of all of the elements, While the game is difficult to master, it is picked up easily - one can get on the court and actually play a game the very same day they learn the game and have fun doing it. It's a great way to meet new people and make new friends.

A pickleball court is quite small, as you can create four pickleball courts in the same space as a single tennis court, making it easy for people to play and talk with one another during & between games. Another benefit is that it can be played almost everywhere and not necessarily in a facility, as people can bring with them a net and paddles and create a faux court almost anywhere.

It also brings health benefits by lowering blood pressure and reducing stress accumulated throughout the work week. Pickleball is also a sport that can be played by people dealing with osteoporosis as it helps them keep their bones strong. Pickleball also improves a person’s flexibility and prevents them from developing joint-related conditions such as arthritis.