Pickleball, which has been around since the 1960s is surging in popularity and while many might not know what it is–one man who recently underwent hip replacement surgery is getting back in the game. First, what is Pickleball? It’s very similar to tennis and pingpong, and is played on a smaller court with a plastic ball and wooden or composite paddles. The USA Pickleball Association calls it a “highly contagious, progressive and incurable disease.”
As for the hip replacement surgery patient, according to a story in ItemLive.com, The Ward 1 City Councilor in Lynn, Massachusetts, Wayne Lozzi had hip replacement surgery in September 2014 and was looking for something active, but not as intense. That’s when he got his city to paint an “under-utilized street hockey surface” and get a Pickleball court ready. Lozzi told the website, “It’s a wonderful sport…You still get a great workout, it’s just not as intense as tennis.” So while hip replacement problems can impact alot of people and the surgeries can sometimes keep you from playing tennis–that doesnt mean you can’t play Pickleball.
More than 500,000 patients in the United Stated were implanted with artificial “metal-on-metal” hip implants, also known as all-metal hips, during hip replacement surgery. If you know someone who was, they may be entitled to compensation.