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Conquering Pickleball Shoulder Pain: Relief and Prevention


In the dynamic world of pickleball, shoulder pain can be a frequent, unwelcome visitor on and off the court.

For those who revel in the sport's fast-paced action, pickleball shoulder pain might be something you know all too well.

But fear not—we're here with strategic advice to not only manage this discomfort, but also prevent it from recurring.


Tackling Pickleball Shoulder Pain: From Court to Comfort

It's no secret that pickleball requires swift, repetitive arm movements that can strain the shoulder.

This strain is often the precursor to pickleball shoulder pain, the discomfort experienced after those intense games.

While resting your arm is a well-intended first response, it's not always the cure-all solution.

Your shoulders, much like the rest of your body, thrive on balanced activity.

The goal is to find harmony between rest and motion, ensuring your shoulder muscles and joints maintain their strength and flexibility.


Preventing Pickleball Shoulder Pain: On and Off the Court

The key to preventing pickleball shoulder pain lies in a proactive approach.

Strengthening shoulder muscles through targeted exercises and ensuring proper form and technique during your games are pivotal steps.

Prevention, as they say, is better than cure, and this couldn't be truer for avoiding shoulder injuries in pickleball.


Gentle Stretches for Shoulder Relief

In the spirit of keeping you active and pain-free, we want to introduce three gentle stretches that can be seamlessly incorporated into your daily routine to alleviate pickleball shoulder pain:


1. Cross-Body Stretch:

  • Ease into this stretch by standing or sitting with shoulders down and back.

  • Extend your right arm, then gently pull it across your body with your left hand.

  • Hold the stretch for 15-30 seconds, feeling a gentle pull in your shoulder, then repeat on the other side,

  • This stretch is excellent for loosening the posterior shoulder muscles, often tensed from those powerful pickleball serves.


2. Triceps Stretch:

  • Reach your right arm upward, then bend your elbow and allow your right hand to fall between your shoulder blades.

  • Bring your left hand to your right elbow and gently pull your elbow towards your left side.

  • Hold for 15-30 seconds and then switch sides.

  • This stretch targets the triceps, a muscle that can be taxed during overhead shots in pickleball.


3. Cow-Face Pose:

  • Don’t let the name fool you; this yoga-inspired pose is a fantastic way to address the rotator cuff muscles.

  • Stand up straight with your feet shoulder-width apart, then reach your right arm behind your back and bend your elbow, reaching your hand upward.

  • With your left hand, reach behind your back and try to grasp your right hand's fingers. (TIP: If you can't reach your fingers, use a towel or strap to bridge the gap between your hands.)

  • Gently pull your right hand upward with your left hand, feeling a stretch in your right shoulder.

  • Hold for 15-30 seconds and then switch sides.


Not quite sure what you're doing? Head on over to our Instagram or Facebook for a visual representation of these simple stretches.


Your Plan for Shoulder Success

But stretches alone aren't the full answer to combating pickleball shoulder pain.

As we continue through 2024, it's time to ensure your shoulder health is a top priority.

That's why we're offering a comprehensive Shoulder Pain Assessment for just $97, a consultation usually valued at $297.

Say goodbye to persistent shoulder pain and hello to health, vigor, and your best pickleball game yet.

Our expert team is poised to provide an in-depth analysis and personalized care, ensuring you receive a plan as unique as your game and goals.

Don’t let this unbeatable offer pass you by—only $97 for a consultation that paves the way to a pain-free year!

Act swiftly to claim your spot before this exclusive offer ends. Your shoulders—and your pickleball game—deserve it.

Here’s to serving up a year of health, fun, and pickleball victories.


Other Free Resources For Pickleball Shoulder Pain

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