The Benefits of Pickleball in Physical Education: A Fun and Inclusive Sport for All Ages

The Benefits of Pickleball in Physical Education: A Fun and Inclusive Sport for All Ages

He pickleball It’s over 50 years old, but we’re sure you hadn’t heard of it until today. Imagine it: he combines tennis, paddle tennis, badminton and table tennis. Two or four players hit a ball (called wiffle) above a net, with paddles made of wood or some other light material. People of all ages can play and it is easily adaptable to people in wheelchairs or with reduced mobility.

The head is also trained

Now he is trying to sneak into the schools of Galicia, during Physical Education time. And what does football, racing or the (unloved) Test de Course Navette contribute pedagogically that this curious sporting modality cannot? “The The possibilities that pickleball offers us in the field of teaching are multiple and varied, because through its practice, in addition to providing the most common benefits of sport – such as its game nature and the recreational factor – it can also facilitate the development of other fundamental aspects.” This is explained by José Carlos Otero López, pedagogue and supporter of introducing the paddles of this sport in schools.

There are didactic reasons for using it in Physical Education hours, but in addition, Otero seeks to highlight many other reasons on a personal level: “At the end of the day, it is a fun and dynamic sport, with a high social and team component, as well as being committed and motivating.”

For all ages. Assigned

From the field to school

And the fact is that not all the games that are traditionally included in the Physical Education programming are inclusive of people with different abilities, and others that are are too expensive to be introduced as usual at school. “Pickleball is innovative and attractive, very simple materials are used, the courts are small and in general it represents a very low cost for the school,” explains Otero. “Our priority short-term objective is to introduce pickleball in centers as a teaching resource within the Physical Education programming, but also as an extracurricular activity. At the moment this sport is already being practiced at the Sagrado Corazón de Placeres School, the IES Torrente Ballester and some others, and we are in the process of including it in many others. There are already thousands of us in Galicia!”

1 Physiological, organic and muscular development

There are many reasons why pickeball can be an ally in learning, but the first is the most obvious: it is a sport, and as such it contributes to improving coordination, balance, locomotion, aerobic and anaerobic resistance… benefits which are an important part of the Physical Education curriculum.

2 Sociological development

Accepting the rules of this game, its protocol and regulations, promotes social relationships with colleagues, involving conversation and teamwork. Furthermore, the possibility of playing on equal terms (“whether or not you have a wheelchair”) Work on respect for others.

Boys and girls playing pickleball. Assigned

3 Psychological development

Assuming the limitations that pickleball imposes on us, like any other sport, we learn to manage the emotions and tensions that arise at all times. “The educational skills acquired with this sport can be: emotional management, decision making…”

4 Intellectual development

Because although it is simple, it forces us to know the regulations, which are essential to memorize, and the scoring system in the serve is complex, so it also works as a reinforcement of mathematics: “On the serve you have to call your own score and that of the opponent, a whole game of numbers!”

2023-10-23 21:00:12
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