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Pickleball for Inactive Mid-Life and Older Adults in Rural Utah: A Feasibility Study

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Department of Home and Community, Utah State University Extension, Monticello, San Juan County, UT 84535, USA
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Department of Home and Community, Utah State University Extension, Panguitch, Garfield County, UT 84759, USA
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Department of Home and Community, Utah State University Extension, Beaver, Beaver County, UT 84713, USA
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Department of Kinesiology and Health Science, Utah State University, Logan, UT 84322, USA
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School of Kinesiology, Acadia University, Wolfville, NS B4P 2R6, Canada
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Academic Editors: Kenji Narazaki, Zsolt Radak, Mustafa Atalay, Hayian Wang, Sanmei Chen and Tao Chen
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(16), 8374; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18168374
Received: 2 July 2021 / Revised: 30 July 2021 / Accepted: 4 August 2021 / Published: 7 August 2021
Many diseases, disabilities, and mental health conditions associated with aging can be delayed or prevented through regular exercise. Several barriers to exercise, many of which are exacerbated in rural communities, prevent mid-life and older adults from accessing its benefits. However, recently, a racquet sport named pickleball has become popular among older adults, and it appears to overcome some of these barriers. We conducted a feasibility study to evaluate the impact of a six-week pickleball intervention on measures of muscle function, cognitive function, perceived pain, and cardio-metabolic risk, as well as several psychosocial factors contributing to adherence in sedentary rural participants. Participants improved their vertical jump, cognitive performance, and reported a decrease in self-reported pain, suggesting improved physical and cognitive health across the sample. Participants also reported high levels of satisfaction and demonstrated good adherence over the duration of the study. Perhaps of greatest value was the overwhelmingly positive response from participants to the intervention and follow-up interviews reporting a desire to continue pickleball play beyond the study period. Overall, pickleball appears to be a promising intervention to, (1) elicit functional- and cognitive-related improvements, and (2) motivate mid-life and older adults to adhere to exercise sufficiently long to benefit their health. View Full-Text
Keywords: pickleball; older adults; mid-life adults; exercise adherence pickleball; older adults; mid-life adults; exercise adherence
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Wray, P.; Ward, C.K.; Nelson, C.; Sulzer, S.H.; Dakin, C.J.; Thompson, B.J.; Vierimaa, M.; Das Gupta, D.; Bolton, D.A.E. Pickleball for Inactive Mid-Life and Older Adults in Rural Utah: A Feasibility Study. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 8374. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18168374

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Wray P, Ward CK, Nelson C, Sulzer SH, Dakin CJ, Thompson BJ, Vierimaa M, Das Gupta D, Bolton DAE. Pickleball for Inactive Mid-Life and Older Adults in Rural Utah: A Feasibility Study. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(16):8374. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18168374

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Wray, Paige, Callahan K. Ward, Cindy Nelson, Sandra H. Sulzer, Christopher J. Dakin, Brennan J. Thompson, Matthew Vierimaa, Debasree Das Gupta, and David A.E. Bolton. 2021. "Pickleball for Inactive Mid-Life and Older Adults in Rural Utah: A Feasibility Study" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18, no. 16: 8374. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18168374

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