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Badminton: benefits and contraindications

Often practiced as an outdoor game, badminton is an intense sport that needs technique and endurance.

What is badminton?

Badminton is a sport that is played between two players or in pairs (ie, 4 players). It is played with a badminton racket and a feather or shuttle (semi-spherical cork with 16 feathers around) instead of a ball.

Badminton: the social benefits

It is a sport that can be practiced at any age, even during childhood. In addition, it is practiced in teams of two or four people, so it favors social skills. It is a good option to develop reflexes, agility and visual acuity.

Emotional benefits when playing badminton

Like many sports, badminton helps us to release stress and, being an activity that involves being in constant movement, is very useful to be in shape and tone the body. It also promotes fat loss and helps us feel better about ourselves both inside and out.

What are the rules

It is a sport that is played with rackets, very similar to those of tennis. It is also played with a net and the goal is to earn points. Players must hit the feather with their rackets so that they cross the track over the net and fall into the opposing sector. The point ends when the steering wheel touches the ground, after exceeding the network.

The history of badminton

This game was born in Asia, in India, where it was called Poona. Towards the year 1875, some officials who belonged to the British army took it to England and in 1890 arrived at the United States and Canada. At that time the rules were reunified.

How to play badminton

The players are placed on the opposite halves of a rectangular track divided by the network. The players hit the wheel with their rackets to go to the opposite sector. A point is reached when the wheel touches the opposing ground after passing the net.

The benefits of badminton

Badminton improves coordination, breathing and balance. In addition, it makes the muscles of the buttocks work (through accelerations), as well as the abdominals and dorsals (by means of the receptions and returns of the steering wheel or pen). It also reinforces joints, develops perception in space, visual acuity and resistance, combat obesity, stress and anxiety.

When we consider its long-term benefits, we find that badminton improves endurance, reflexes, perception, coordination of movements, technicality and the center of gravity.

The contraindications of badminton

Badminton exercises most of the muscles and joints of the body, it is not a dangerous sport. However, some precautions should be taken at the level of the lower extremities, especially the ankles (risks of sprains) and the knees. Attention should also be paid to tendonitis, bruising and the risk of back pain and deltoid (in the chest).

Medical exam to play badminton

An annual consultation with your doctor is advised to verify that there is no contraindication and verify cardiac, respiratory, ophthalmological and joint functions. From the age of 35, a cardiac test is required in the case of competitions.

Badminton for children

Badminton is, above all, a fun sport, easy and accessible to all ages. It allows the child or adolescent to practice an intensive sport while taking care of their joints thanks to the lightness and the manageability of the material. It improves their psychomotor abilities by the originality of the trajectory of the steering wheel or the pen and refines his concentration and his visual functions. In short, badminton is a practical sport for everyone, outside or indoors, with greater or lesser intensity, as it clearly improves well-being and physical fitness. 

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