Written by: Doc Savarese Cartoon by: Peter Copen
Silent Inflammation

Have you ever heard of silent inflammation, which simply stated can be the mortal enemy of your health? It can damage your heart and brain, throw your digestive system out of whack and make your joints stiff and achy. So for most of us who play pickleball in Oakmont, managing inflammation may be the most important thing you can do on a daily basis to look and feel your best.

Inflammation is described as when the body reacts to damaged tissue and/or infection. The lowest level of inflammation is called “Acute” or minor trauma, where the damaged cells typically heal in a few weeks. “Chronic” inflammation is major tissue damage where healing takes a lot longer. Following is a list of the most common symptoms of chronic inflammation:
• Body pain
• Chronic fatigue or insomnia
• Depression and/or anxiety
• Gastrointestinal issues
• Weight gain
• Infections

It is highly probable that most of us pickle-ballers at some junction have experienced one or more of these symptoms with persistent inflammation. It is highly recommended that you consult your healthcare provider. As aforementioned, ignoring these symptoms can have serious consequences.

The treatment for chronic inflammation usually consists of dietary and lifestyle management. Dietary recommendations may include:
• Tomatoes
• Olive oil
• Green leafy vegetables
• Nuts
• Fatty Fish
• Fresh fruit
• Turmeric
• Note: try to avoid red meat, sodas, and fried foods

Lifestyle management typically includes:
• Exercise
• Proper sleep
• Reduction in stress
• Weight management
• Control blood sugar
• Minimize antibiotics and NSAIDS

Since pickleball falls within the realm of exercise, there is overwhelming evidence that physical activity is key to maintaining good health. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that all adults get 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week. The important thing about exercise is that it enhances the production of serotonin which boosts mood, improves sleep cycles, and reduces depressive symptoms which have a direct correlation to inflammation.

See you on the courts and/or in the healthcare clinic. Hopefully, not in the ER!


Gamma has recently introduced the “505 Graphite” paddle. It is a very distinguishing paddle that comes in one color. It has the long handle (5.25”), length of 16 3/8”, width of 7 3/8”, and a weight of 7.6 oz. (light). I particularly like the long handle shape which gives additional power on full swings, serves, and returns. The new core technology with a graphite surface excels in control allowing for a soft game needed for dinks, lobs, and third shots. In summary, this paddle was so impressive that it is now my paddle of choice. The paddle retails for $179, but available to OPC members at the discounted price of $126.

Note: This paddle is available for demo by contacting Doc Savarese.

New Player Orientation (Tuesdays 9:00 – 10:00)
Arrangements can be made by contacting Nancy Lande at 978-2998 to schedule a


AARP Driver Safety Course

A newly designed AARP Smart Driver course is returning to the Oakmont Central Activities Center starting in August. Note: The June 23 class was cancelled. 

Movie: The Best of Me

A pair of former high school sweethearts reunite after many years when they return to visit their small hometown.