@haydesigner That’s the first thing that came to mind for me, too. But it may just be a matter of the fact that it’s a sport that immediately boomed in popularity (so a lot of people play, making overall total of sports related injuries come from this particular sport) and a lot of those players are old (meaning they’re more likely to suffer injuries from activity anyway). Still not exactly something that entices me to play.
There are now “pickleball shoes” that cost upwards of $125. What started as a fun easy version of “hit the thing over the net” has been corrupted by the usual commercial suspects and those that have to make anything a serious competitive effort.
Man, this pickleball craze is so weird to me. We played this in high school gym class in the early 20-oughts nearly every day for half a year. No one had ever heard of it, and half of us believed it was the fever dream creation of our boisterous octagenarian PE teacher. Didn’t play it, hear about it, or even think about it for nearly 20 years…and now it’s the biggest craze in the world. Just weird.
@rawhite37 When I was in high school (early 70’s), we often played a variation of dodge ball in gym class that the teacher called pickle ball. One guy, who was the star pitcher of the school’s baseball team, could hurl a volleyball with enough force that it would leave big red welts. And, of course, we usually played with teams of shirts and skins. Afterwards in the locker room there were always a bunch of kids (myself included) with battle scars from the “game”. I think the jock gym teacher found it amusing.