COVID-19 Update: ProActive Pilates will be following the PHO guidelines, and as of Sept. 13, proof of vaccination will be required for entry. Masks are mandatory for all assessments and treatments.
COVID-19 Update: ProActive Pilates will be following the PHO guidelines, and as of Sept. 13, proof of vaccination will be required for entry. Masks are mandatory for all assessments and treatments.

COVID-19 Update: ProActive Pilates will be requiring masks for all assessments and treatments.

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ProActive Pickleball

ProActive Pickleball: Prevention, Awareness, Performance

As an expert of movement analysis as a physiotherapist for the past 25+ years and using my National team field hockey experience, and Provincial, Varsity, and club level coaching experience, I’m transferring it all into pickleball coaching. 

I’m pleased to announce that I am now a pickleball instructor for Steve Deakin Pickleball Clinics.

My philosophy as an athlete and physio is to prevent problems for peak performance. I can show you more efficient ways to move, prepare your body, prevent injuries, and help your body recover between sessions. Mobility on the court is a limiting factor no matter your age, so having a movement expert by your side can help you improve your game by having the knowledge of the game and the body.

Picklefest 2022 – Dana and Robin D’Abreo as part of Team Steve Deakin Pickleball. ProActive Pilates and ProActive Pickleball sponsor table in background.

Need tools to help your body get ready to play again?

Use the fascial release balls to loosen up and relax tight muscles and fascia after a long session and to prevent problems like pickleball elbow or knee/hip pain that keep you on the sidelines. Buy at the online store for all your pickleball needs.

Fascial Release Workshops

I’m a strong believer in the benefits of self-fascial release balls to prepare for a session, target tight muscles, and use them to release tension in spots you didn’t even know were tight. Check the workshops page for Fascial Release workshops coming soon!

Learn all about the benefits of fascial release to help you with your body to improve your pickleball game.

What is pickleball?

Pickleball is the fastest growing sport in North America. It’s a fun, energetic sport consisting of a combination of badminton, tennis, and ping pong (aka table tennis).

Pickleball can be played either indoors or outdoors, the court is roughly the size of a badminton court, and in order to play you must rely on the use of the underhand to serve. This makes pickleball a low-impact sport on the body, which is perfect if you have prior injuries or issues but want to enjoy a fun, social sport and harness your competitive nature.

Why Dana?

I started playing pickleball with my husband Robin D’Abreo in 2019, and very soon we were addicted to this fast-paced, exciting sport. We participated in our first Canadian Pickleball Nationals Tournament in Red Deer, AB in August 2021 and brought home Gold in Mixed Doubles 4.5 skill level in their age bracket. I also won gold in Singles 4.0 skill level for the under 50 age group. We are now sponsored by HEAD Pickleball.

My philosophy as an athlete and physio is to prevent problems for peak performance. I can show you more efficient ways to move, prepare your body, prevent injuries, and help your body recover between sessions. Mobility on the court is a limiting factor no matter your age, so having a movement expert by your side can help you improve your game by having the knowledge of the game and the body. 

My focus is to teach clinics to beginner and 3.5 level players.

ProActive Pilates is pleased to be a sponsor and provide prizes for Steve Deakin Pickleball clinics, Picklefest 2022, and The Kootenay Pickleball Classic.

Self-fascial release balls are for sale in my ProActive Pilates physiotherapy studio in Port Coquitlam. You can purchase yours today at the online store and just select local pickup to take them home or if you prefer you can have them shipped directly to you.

Together, I can teach you how to move better, feel better, and play better… so you can enjoy the benefits of pickleball for years to come!

What are the benefits of pickleball?

The benefits of pickleball include movement in all different planes of motion. So, it challenges your agility, balance, muscular endurance and hand-eye coordination. Not to mention it’s fun and a very social sport…and not just for retirees.

As mentioned, the sport is low-impact on the body while playing and requires an underhand serve with a lighter paddle than a tennis racquet. Individuals from various sports such as tennis, badminton, volleyball, and table tennis will find it easy to transfer their skills from those sports into pickleball.