All About Pickleball: Tim Ringgold

What is pickleball? Why are there so many injuries from pickleball? What can pickleball players do to not get hurt? How can beginners get started in pickleball? What is the proper way to warm up the body before athletic activity like pickleball? What should someone do after playing? What things boost recovery? What are the benefits of cold and heat therapy for our muscles? 

Tim Ringgold is a musician, athlete, and pickleball recovery expert. After years of playing soccer as a child and again in his 30s and 40s, Tim developed a traumatic brain injury from one too many concussions. In the last 18 months he has discovered a life-changing sport: pickleball. Through pickleball he has found a sense of community, gotten into athlete shape, and enhanced his joy. He’s also experienced injuries, like many pickleball players. Now, he is providing resources for other players to reduce their chance of getting hurt and spend more time enjoying the game.

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00:00:00 Welcome to the SuperAge podcast
00:00:35 David life update
00:01:29 SuperAge listener call
00:05:09 About today’s guest, Tim Ringgold
00:05:22 Thank you to our sponsor, InsideTracker
00:06:35 Welcome Tim Ringgold
00:06:54 Tim’s background
00:08:30 Tim’s experience with concussions
00:10:07 How Tim found pickleball
00:10:51 The history of pickleball
00:13:14 Pickleball 101
00:16:40 Pickleball injuries
00:23:40 How to avoid injuries from playing pickleball
00:31:34 What to do after playing to promote muscle recovery
00:52:40 How to start playing pickleball & resources

“When you go out and play pickleball, you feel young at heart because it’s very social and it’s a lot of fun. People underestimate it because it’s so light, playful, and social, that there are actually physical demands on the body.”

“Adults don’t really organize their activity around the concept of play. We work, children play. But there is a playfulness in pickleball that is undeniable and inescapable. You’ll see senior citizens, boomers, Gen X-ers, laughing and playing. They’re in touch with something that they haven’t had in quite a while.” 

“The number one thing to minimize injuries is core temperature of the body, so heating up the body before you play. Nobody does it.” 

“When you feel good, walk away. Don’t wait until you’re sore or tired because you increase the odds of having an injury.” 

“Every part of the body is going through maintenance mode during sleep and you just can’t screw with that. If you wear that system down, your immune system gets compromised and that’s when things take hold.” 

Call into the podcast to get your question or comment answered on the air: (801) 871-5291

Connect with Tim:
Recovery Resources

PicklePlay App
Pickleball Kitchen
Tyson McGuffin 


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Taylor Marks
Taylor Marks is a certified holistic health coach and current student at The Institute of Culinary Education studying health supportive culinary arts. Her passions include making nourishing food taste and look delicious and guiding others towards feeling their best.


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