What is your sport: Badminton

Badminton is a racket sport. Players on opposing teams use their rackets to hit a shuttlecock back and forth over the net. The goal is to reach a score of 21 before the opposing team. Similar to tennis, you want the shuttlecock to land in a spot where the opposing team in unable to return it. The sport is played in singles or doubles.  

A number of skills are required of badminton players to be successful. Good footwork and practice of overhand and underhand grips is necessary. Serving skills and learning different strokes are also important.  

Main Muscles Used in Badminton

Latissimus Dorsi, Teres Major, Pectoralis Major, Pectoralis Minor, Deltoids, Rectus Abdominis, Obliques, Forearm Extensors, Forearm Flexors, Biceps, and the Triceps 

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Common Muscle Injuries from Badminton

The most common badminton injuries include: 

  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome: This syndrome covers a broad range of knee pain conditions. Due to the quick nature of badminton and quick stops and turns, the knee can become aggravated and injured. 
  • Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome: Also known as shin splints, this is often from doing too much, too soon. This often occurs in more amateur players. 
  • Ankle Sprain: Badminton players are frequently watching the shuttlecock, which can result in missteps causing an ankle sprain. 
  • Thrower’s Shoulder: Badminton involves a lot of overhead hits. Because of this, the shoulder is prone to injury. 
  • Achilles Tendon Rupture: This sport requires a lot of stops and starts. As such, the achilles tendon undergoes varying degrees of stress. This injury is common amongst older athletes. 
  • Back Pain: Due to the quick movements involved in badminton, a weak core can leave the back susceptible to injury and pain.  
  • Tennis Elbow: Tennis elbow is common from the racket use involved in badminton. 
  • Rotator Cuff Injuries: The rotator cuff can become aggravated and painful from overuse. 

How Can You Alleviate Your Badminton Injuries?

If you are new to the sport of badminton, it’s important to slowly ease into it. New players are more prone to certain injuries, such as shin splints. If you’ve experienced an injury, stop playing immediately. Rest and ice the injured area. If the pain continues after a couple of days or is severe at onset, book an appointment with your doctor. Your doctor may recommend an array of therapy options to help you recover properly and efficiently.  

 At Athlete’s Choice Massage, our team can help you get back on the court as soon as possible. Our team includes massage therapists, manual osteopaths, acupuncturists, and more. Get back to the sport you know and love the right way. Book your next appointment at Athlete’s Choice Massage today.  

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