Common Badminton Injuries

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by Dr. Jose Raul Canlas

Injuries can get in the way of a very promising career, I have seen too many players hampered by injuries that could have been prevented. And the first step towards prevention is to be aware of all the aspects of athletic activity – endurance, muscle strength, muscle power, agility and flexibility. This means going to the gym and having a dedicated strengthening and conditioning program specifically for the muscle groups involved in your sport.

You have to realize that the sport that you involved in does not make you fit. You have to be fit to play the sport to increase your level of performance and to avoid injuries.

Badminton is a very demanding sport and requires explosive power for flicks of the wrist, lunges, jumps and rapid changes of direction and these repeated actions can put stress on the tissues and cause injury.

The three most commonly injured parts of a badminton player’s body are:

Badminton requires a lot of wrist action. An overuse of the wrist muscles usually lead to the damage of the muscles attached to the bones of the elbow. Tendonitis is a common elbow injury. Tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow are the other common injuries. Tennis Elbow is inflammation of the tendons of the forearm at the point where they insert into the humerus (upper arm) bone on the outer side of the elbow. This inflammation is caused by prolonged gripping activities such as when gripping a racket during Badminton.

The rotator cuffs and the scapular muscles are the most commonly injured parts of the shoulder. Shoulder pain can occur in Badminton players because there are repeated shoulder stresses during Badminton, particularly the overhead shots. The Rotator Cuff muscles are small muscles situated around the shoulder joint, which can become damaged during the stresses of Badminton.
Typically, Rotator Cuff injuries will begin as inflammation (Tendonitis) caused by small but continuous irritation. If the cause of the inflammation is not addressed, and continues over a long period of time, partial tears may develop in the cuff that could eventually become a tear all the way through one or more of the Rotator Cuff muscles.

Knee injuries are more common to women badminton players. Badminton is what is called a “cutting” sport or a sport that requires stop-and-go rapid changes in direction. This can be challenging for strong athletic knees, but more so for weak knees. Women are particularly prone to knee injuries because their musculature is not as developed as the men’s. Most commonly injured is the Vastus Medialis Obliquus (VMO) muscle that helps stabilize your patella (knee cap).

As I mentioned, all these injuries can be prevented. Our body is a constant mechanism while there are specific muscle groups that are always used in badminton, a fundamental core strengthening program for the entire body is necessary before isolating a specific body part.

Should you however feel pain during a game, the first thing to do is to ice the affected muscle. And remember that if swelling occurs, that is the sign to stop the activity and seek medical help.

Badminton in the Philippines Today: A Brief Report

Written by Asuncion Badminton Center on . Posted in BX Magazine

by: Amelita “Ming” Ramos

First, I would like to congratulate BX Magazine for this worthy publication project.

Over the years of my being president of the Philippine Badminton Association, badminton has grown and developed into becoming the most played and loved by Filipinos of all walks of life. However, my vision is not merely to popularize it in the country because I believe that it is one where Filipinos can truly excel and become world-class someday. Thus, I’ll continue to work hard to make this vision a reality. In fact, today, badminton is considered not just as a social sport but one that has reached another level – way beyond where it was during the previous decades.

A manifestation of this is the emergence of very young players with outstanding skills as seen during the Ming Ramos Youth Camp 2008 sponsored by Astec last September 26-27 and October 4-5. I’m truly happy to have seen children as young as 10 years old showcase their exceptional talents, hitting the shuttlecock just like grizzled veterans. Moreover, competitive tournaments with high cash prizes are also held not only in Manila but also in major cities in the provinces. Schools and universities all over the country are now doing their best to raise their teams competitiveness for their respective athletic association meets. And many badminton aficionado parents have shown their unqualified support by sending their children to foreign training centers to further hone their craft.

The association has likewise taken a big move to strengthen the national team, in line with the policy of the Philippine Sports Commission to rationalize the policies for national athletes and coaches, which resulted in the reduction of the number of national players to 50 percent – from 20 to 10. But we appealed to PSC to increase the number of players of the national team to 16.

Furthermore, to select the best young players who can be trained to become world-class athletes, we conducted a national team selection last August 8-10 at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex Badminton Hall. Current members of the national team and the best players from different clubs in Metro Manila and the provinces were invited to participate. The selection was done in a round-robin system with qualifying and final rounds to determine the top three in both the men’s and women’s singles and the top two in the men’s and women’s doubles.

A total of 83 players took part: 29 in men’s singles, 14 in women’s singles, 12 in men’s doubles and 8 in women’s doubles. The aspirants gave their best and great matches were witnessed; In the end, the best and the strongest emerged.

Those who qualified to national men’s team were: Antonio Benjamin Gadi, Ralph Ian Mendez and Jobett Hereli Co in singles; Andrei Babad, Mark Alvin Natividad, Roy Callanta and Raphael Sanchez in doubles; plus Kennevic Asuncion who completed the team.

The national women’s team now consists of Karyn Cecilia Velez, Malvinne Ann Venice Alcala and Gelita Castilo in singles; and Racquel Guerrero, Rachel Guerrero, Chona Medina and Cha Decatoria in doubles and Kennie Asuncion for the Mixed Doubles.

We also hired a foreign coach to assist us in making our dream reachable. With the expertise and experience of coach Indra Setiawan, a certified coach of the Indonesia Badminton Association who also has had a coaching stint in Japan, we hope to make our players competitive at the world-class standard.

We therefore encourage the players to work hard and give their best to achieve our goal. The association, with the help of the Philippine Sports Commission, will use all its resources to support the team.

Our objective won’t be possible without the support of our partners – the clubs, the players, the coaches, the technical officials, the tournament organizers, the suppliers, the parents and the badminton fans. Let us work altogether and set aside our differences and step forward towards achieving our goal of bringing our sport to greater heights.

Peter Gade Unmasked

Written by Asuncion Badminton Center on . Posted in BX Magazine

by Kennevic Asuncion

Filipino fans had the opportunity to watch top-ranked international players during MVP Cups I & II and in the last Philippine Open. There was one player, however, that you failed to see live in action. I am talking about Denmark best player and one of my personal favorites, Peter Gade.

Peter Gade can not continue to evade us though. So for the maiden issue of BX Philippines Magazine, I hunted Peter for this rare interview. He even shared some private photos of his family, just for his Filipino fans.

Kennevic Asuncion: How was the Beijing Olympic experience for you?

Peter Gade: Well, the Beijing Olympics was my 3rd Olympics and for sure it was the best arranged. No doubt that the Chinese were very aware of doing a great Olympic games and they did. It was the perfect venue, training conditions were great.. I really enjoyed the Olympics, of course I would have loved to get a medal which I think I deserve, but I was up against Lin Dan in the quarterfinals and he played fantastic. For this tournament, he was the better player, although I’m still proud of my performance. Considering I had a very hard runup towards the Olympics with a lot of injuries.

KVA: Is there any consolation to losing to eventual gold medalist Lin Dan? What would you have done differently in that match?

PG: Well, as I mentioned, he’s a great player and when I’ve seen the match on video I think I played very good – he was just better.

KVA: Are you hoping to compete at the 2012 Olympics?

PG: No, at the moment I can see myself play for another 1 or 2 more years and then it’s time to stop.

KVA: What do you consider your biggest badminton achievement?

PG: Well I was number 1 on the world ranking for 3 1/2 years in a row. In 1999 I won both the All England and the Grand Prix Finales. In the same year I also won the Japan Open. So 1999 was a very special and unforgettable year for me.

KVA: What do you consider your biggest frustration in your badminton career?

PG: Well, when you’re among the best players in the world there will always be ups and downs. For me losing 15-14 in he third Fung Permadi at home in the World Championships  in 1999 was pretty tough – but again also a very important learning experience.

KVA: Aside from badminton, what other sports do you play?

PG: I love both football and tennis and when I finish my career I’m gonna do these sports for fun again. While I’m still playing it’s too risky with injuries.


KVA: In Denmark and in Europe, do you see any up and coming players who can possibly be the next World or Olympic Champion?

PG: Well, maybe there’s not any obvious one to take over but both Joachim Persson and Jan Jorgensen could make great results in the future. Whether they can go to the top is too early to say.

KVA: How is married life? Any kids? Has it changed your attitude towards badminton and life in general?

PG: I just became a father for the second time, another baby girl, Alma. I really enjoyed my life and trying to take the best out of every moment. Some priorities are different but I’m still the same guy with the same interests and passion as before.

KVA: Personally and professionally, how was your 2008?

PG: My 2008 has been with a lot of problems with injuries. Especially in the first part of 2008 – so I guess it could have been better, but that’s how life is. Because then again, a lot of other things have been great.

KVA: What are your plans for 2009?

PG: I hope I can have a year without injuries and focus on bringing out 1 or 2 more big results in my badminton career.

KVA: Any message to the Filipino fans?

PG: I’ve long wanted to come to Manila but the schedule did not make it possible for the past years. But I am now in constant communication with the Asuncions for my first Manila trip. In the future it will happen – I promise.