It is normal for anyone who practices a sport, especially when doing it at a higher level, is always more subject and prone to injury and the reason is quite simple:
To win and improve you have to constantly take your body to the limit in order to progress as a sportsman …
In this article we will show you what the most common badminton injuries are, how can they occur, what can you do to try to prevent, etc…
Please note that we said TRY to prevent. It is impossible to avoid all injuries as carefully as you are and it is normal that sooner or later, more severe or less serious, you will get injured.
In the specific case of badminton, injuries are very common although it is not a contact sport such as basketball or football.
In badminton, there is a great overload on your body, especially on your joints and tendons that have to be able to withstand almost instant stops and pulls continuously during a game.
It is for this reason that the most frequent injuries to arise up are in the lower limbs, namely in the knees and ankle as you will see next.
Ready to find out what are the most common badminton injuries? Let’s go then.
List of the Most Common Badminton Injuries
This is likely to be the most common badminton injury.
Simply put, an ankle sprain is when your ankle rolls out of the bone that binds the ankle to the leg because of a very short and rapid change of direction you make in that the body moves in one direction and the feet do not follow that direction.
Changes of direction are a very common thing in badminton and so anytime can happen.
There are three things you can do to prevent:
- Learn the correct technique of how to move in the field and react to different situations, thus preventing you from making a mistake that has this injury as a consequence;
- Wearing ankle braces or taping is also an option. It will restrict your movement a bit but it should not affect your performance so much and it has already been proven that it reduces the risk of this injury;
- The use of footwear suitable for the practice of this sport. They should be sneakers that have good grip but not too much. If the shoe slips a bit when you twist it with your body, the pressure on your ankle will be less, so the risk will also decrease.
If it happens, it is to rest to the maximum, to avoid the use of that foot and that it supports some type of weight and ice to diminish the swelling and to allow that the body heals.
Remember that whenever you feel it necessary you should consult a doctor in order to get expert help and a diagnosis customized to your situation.
Achilles Tendonitis is the name given to pains in the region of the Achilles tendon.
This pain usually comes from wear and overtraining. It is not a condition that appears overnight but rather something gradual that worsens over time and that in the worst case may result in a rupture of this same tendon.
In badminton, there is enough jumping and pushing with the feet to move around in the field and it is this constant movement that creates this condition. With the progression of the more common age becomes this injury.
Do not ignore the warm-up and stretching.
These are both an essential part of your training or preparation for a game because they increase your body temperature and consequently the elasticity of your muscles and tendons, thus making them more flexible and less subject to breakage.
Also, do not overdo the load of workouts and exercise. If you want to train regularly start slower and increase the regularity of your training over time in order to give your body a chance to get used to it and improve its limits.
If you begin to suffer from Achilles Tendonitis, ice will definitely help relieve pain and feel better, but this is a complicated area of your body because it is always being used and because there is no rapid recovery of the tendon.
You will probably have to stop for a few months until you can start again to give this type of abusive stimulation to the Achilles tendon.
This injury is called tennis elbow because it is frequent to appear in these players but also happens a lot in badminton, it is just a less widely played sport.
Again this is an injury that arises because of the repetition of the same movement, in this case, the rotation of the wrist that will do the twisting of the tendon in the elbow area, which is aggravated in activities where it is grasping something like a racket.
It will ignite over time and continue to abuse. This is a more frequent condition in people from 30/40 years.
- Do not overuse and start training too much from one moment to the next.
- Do the heating and stretching well.
- Rest and know how to rest between games.
There is not much to do to prevent the tennis elbow. If you already suffer from this condition, you may choose to wear a tennis elbow compression strap, which will restrict your movements (probably worsening your play) but will protect your elbow.
If you start to feel this kind of pain, rest and if the condition gets worse or if you continue to rest and ice applications, go to the doctor to make a diagnosis of your situation.
Patellar Tendonitis (Jumper’s Knee)
Very similar to tennis elbow, this injury arises because the muscles are interconnected and when we make certain movements happens a chain reaction in our body at the muscular level.
The “jumper’s knee”, as the name already indicates, arises because of the immense repetitions that are made when jumping on a hard surface as in the case of badminton.
You will feel a pain in the front of the knee, almost as if you feel the tendon swelling under the kneecap, something very uncomfortable and from a certain point, more than that.
In this case, the rupture is much more common than in tennis elbow and that is why you should have even more attention and when you begin to feel this kind of pain do not abuse and give rest, at least 2 or 3 weeks.
Better stop for a while than risk staying limited for the rest of your life in whatever sports.
Overtraining is a reality and no matter how much training you need to evolve, you must also know when to stop and do stress management, not always abusing the same parts of the body on a daily basis.
Over the years your muscles and tendons lose elasticity and regenerative capacity, so once again pay attention to this and do not think that you are still 20 because you do not have them.
Having a well-worked body and not having too much weight also helps to reduce the load that goes on throughout your body, so if you decide to play badminton regularly and intensely, we always advise you to strive to stay in shape and not let fat mass will destroy your joints.
When you feel any pain or swelling, apply ice, rest and if you feel you need it, do not hesitate to consult your doctor because in most cases it is always something that can be solved when treated in a timely manner.
So, now you know what the most common badminton injuries are and how to prevent them?
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