Pickleball for Parkinson’s: What’s the Connection?

April 26, 2017

GAMMA Pickleball blog about the connection between pickleball and Parkinson's disease.

At the end of June, we’ll proudly host the 2017 GAMMA Pickleball Classic at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in our hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The weekend of competition will start on Friday, June 23 and end on Sunday, June 25. All three days will be filled with intense competition and camaraderie—but most importantly, it’ll benefit a worthy cause.

The GAMMA Pickleball Classic is more than just a pickleball tournament—it’s a way for us to give back to those who need it most.

Just as we’ve done in years past, the 2017 tournament’s proceeds will go to the Parkinson Foundation Western Pennsylvania (PFWP). The PFWP supports research efforts to find a cure and provides support for the people and families living with Parkinson’s disease. We’re proud to work with this foundation and help bring awareness to a disease that has affected as many as one million people in the United States.

Perseverance. Grace. Pickleball.

That’s the motto that’s the driving factor to make this event a success not only for the pickleball community but for those with Parkinson’s disease as well.

In previous blogs, we talked about pickleball’s rise in popularity across the world and today, we’re shining the spotlight on why we “play for a cause.”

Beyond the many reasons why people love pickleball, there are plenty of reasons for people who are battling Parkinson’s to love pickleball, too. This is because our favorite sport is an outstanding form of therapy for those diagnosed with the disease.

People with Parkinson’s have many apparent symptoms such as the struggle with hand and eye coordination because of the effects of tremors and vision changes that are symptomatic of the disease. The hand and eye coordination needed to play pickleball exercises the muscles that are affected by the disease to help reduce symptoms. Also, pickleball is a great form of exercise that increases dopamine production and the chemicals in the brain that are believed to act as a neuro-protector for what’s being destroyed by the Parkinson’s. Pickleball has helped thousands of people who are struggling with this disease manage their symptoms and continue to lead a normal life.

April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month and we encourage you to “Play for a Cause” with us and register for the GAMMA Pickleball Classic today!