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Travel Insurance for Pickleball

If you’re incorporating pickleball into your travel plans, learn how travel insurance can help in case the unexpected strikes.

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Millions of people have fallen in love with the unique combination of tennis, badminton, and ping pong known as pickleball.

As one of the fastest growing sports in the world, more hotels are building pickleball courts to give experienced and new picklers a chance to get in on the action while they are traveling.

While serious injuries are rare in pickleball, even the best of us have lost our balance and taken a tumble when going for an overhead slam.

If pickleball is on your list of activities for your next trip, you may want to consider a travel insurance plan with adventure sports coverage, as that could help protect you on and off the court when you are traveling.

Should I consider travel insurance for pickleball? 

Falls are one of the most common pickleball related injuries. You can be proactive and take steps ahead of time to work on your balance, but as you are twisting, turning, and moving across the court, there’s always a possibility of accidents.

If you get hurt, your health insurance may not always cover you when you are traveling to other destinations. However, a travel insurance plan from World Nomads could assist by helping to reimburse expenses like x-rays, medication, a hospital stay, or other emergency medical needs that you may have.

People playing pickleball
Don't forget picking the right paddle is very important. Photo credit: Getty Images/FatCamera

Does travel insurance cover other adventure sports I might participate in during my trip?

You may want to explore even more sports and adventures during your travels. World Nomads covers more than 200 activities for U.S. residents, and you can also have coverage for activities like boating, aerobics, and zip lining.

When you get a quote, you can compare our Standard and Explorer plans to compare coverage side by side. The Explorer plan has higher limits and sub-limits of coverage, and also includes more activities such as cliff diving, spelunking, and skydiving.

If you aren’t sure if something is covered, contact our customer service team and they can help explain what each policy includes.

What else is covered by travel insurance?

Aside from emergency medical coverage, travel insurance may help with several other aspects of your trip. World Nomads may also offer coverage for:

  • Baggage protection: If the airline lost the bag that held your favorite paddle, baggage protection may help replace it if it is lost by a common carrier. If the baggage going to your destination is delayed 12 hours or more, you may also be reimbursed for the essentials, like toiletries and a change of clothes, that you might need until you are reunited with your bag. Check the policy wording for per-day and maximum benefit limits.
  • Trip Cancellation or Interruption: If something unexpected happens like an illness or injury, and you need to cancel or interrupt your trip, you may be able to recover your unused, prepaid, non-refundable travel expenses.
  • Evacuation: If you get injured playing pickleball in a place where there aren't nearby medical facilities, the World Nomads 24/7 Emergency Assistance Team could help get you transported to a place that offers the level of care you need.

What are some things travel insurance would not cover?

  • Damage that happens to your pickleball equipment while you are using it.
  • Injuries that happen if you are competing in a professional pickleball competition.
  • Injuries that happen if you are playing pickleball under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  • Pre-existing medical conditions.
  • Participation in other activities not listed as covered in your policy. 
An aerial shot of people playing pickleball
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Safety tips for playing pickleball

From our own time on the court, we’ve learned that many injuries can often be avoided.  Here are a few tips we have learned from our own experiences as picklers. 

  • Drink plenty of water. This can help prevent dizziness, nausea, and cramps that could cause an injury.  
  • Wear the right shoes. Shoes designed for court sports are best.  The soles are really important since you are moving from side to side and shifting your weight.  Try to find a shoe that has good stability on both the inside and outside of your foot.
  • Wear eye protection. The ball is lightweight, but it can travel at high speeds.  You don’t want it flying toward your unprotected eyes. 
  • Pick the right paddle. Higher quality paddles are made to absorb some of the impact better, and could help you avoid elbow and shoulder injuries. You will also want to make sure the one you choose isn’t too heavy for you.
  • Warm up. Even a brisk 5-minute walk around the court helps get your heart pumping before you play. 
  • Make sure to stretch before and after you play pickleball.  Focus on your ankles, legs, groin, lower back, shoulders, and arms.
  • Don’t play on wet courts. Even though the court’s surface is typically gritty to provide extra traction, it can become slick when wet.
  • Wear sunscreen when playing outside. Look for one that has an SPF of 30 or higher, and reapply it every two hours. 
  • Check with your doctor. You know your body best. If you have physical conditions that you have concerns about, always talk to your doctor first about any exercise limitations that you may have.  

This is not a full list of what is and isn’t covered, so please check your policy for a full list of terms, conditions, limitations and exclusions that may apply to your specific plan. Any example scenarios provided above are not a guarantee of coverage. All claims are subject to review, require documentation and are considered individually. If you have any questions about what is and is not covered, please reach out – we’re happy to help..

True Claims Stories

  • Never travel without insurance. This was the first time I ever purchased travel insurance and I am so glad I did. A few days into my trip to Spain I twisted my foot heading down to the metro. Thanks to World Nomads I was able to get medical attention in Spain and since, as luck would have it, I had a fracture that required surgery, they got me a flight home the next day. Filing a claim was surprisingly easy and when the claim was finally processed, I was reimbursed for all of my expenses including things like the extra week in the hotel I didn't get to take advantage of.
    U.S. resident in Spain
  • I recently had a serious injury traveling on my own & the team was amazing. Being confused with a brain injury they took care of everything. Claiming was no problem, they were on the phone constantly to see if all was OK. I can't recommend them enough. Absolutely fantastic & l will always travel with World Nomads Insurance. Thanks guys for getting me home safely.
    Australian in Thailand
  • I was bitten by a monkey at the Batu Caves in Kuala Lumpur. I went to a nearby clinic and they gave me a rabies shot, antibiotics to take for 4 days, pain medicine, and anti-inflammatory medicine.
    Canadian in Malaysia

Travel insurance. Simple & flexible.

Travel insurance for independent travelers and intrepid families. Nobody wants to think about all the things that could go wrong on their trip, but these things can and do happen. So be prepared and get your travel insurance today.

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Travel Insurance Benefits: how we can take care of you

Trip Protection

Protect your hard earned vacation from unexpected cancellation.

  • Explorer Plan: $10,000
  • Standard Plan: $2,500
Trip Protection
  • Unexpectedly hospitalised?
  • Travel buddy unfit to travel?
  • Been made redundant?

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Emergency Medical Insurance

Take the pain out of medical or dental costs.

  • Explorer Plan: $100,000
  • Standard Plan: $100,000
Emergency Medical Insurance
  • Need meds quick?
  • Accidentally injured?
  • Suddenly sick?

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Emergency Evacuation

We'll provide assistance to get you to the hospital or home quickly.

  • Explorer Plan: $500,000
  • Standard Plan: $300,000
Emergency Evacuation
  • Banged up abroad?
  • Need a hospital urgently?
  • Medivac home?

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Protect your gear

Covers the loss, theft or damage of your bags, tech and gear.

  • Explorer Plan: $3,000
  • Standard Plan: $1,000
Protect your gear
  • Luggage lost?
  • Airline lost your gear?
  • Tech trashed?

Help starts here.

  • Emergency Accident & Sickness Medical Expense
  • Repatriation of Remains
  • Trip Cancellation
  • Trip Interruption
  • Trip Delay
  • Baggage & Personal Effects
  • Baggage Delay (outward journey only)
  • Rental Car Damage – where permissible
  • Accidental Death & Dismemberment
  • Generali Global Assistance 24-Hour Assistance Services
  • Generali Global Assistance Non-Medical Emergency Transportation Services
This is a general summary for US residents only. Restrictions, exclusions and limitations will apply. Benefit limits may vary depending on the plan chosen. Check the plan documents for full details.

24/7 emergency assistance

Whether you need medical or dental assistance or advice, emergency evacuation or travel assistance, our team is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year before and during your trip.

Wherever you are, we’re here 24/7 to help you in any emergency.

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