Badminton requires a lot of jumping and quick changes in direction. Fast swinging is required whilst bending or with your arms overhead. Because of this injuries to the shoulder and elbow, as well as the lower limbs are common.
Common Injuries From Badminton
Sheffield Physiotherapy can diagnose your injury, provide specialist physio and give you exercises to do at home along with information on how to improve your training regime and prevent further injuries. We can also provide information on correct footwear.
Badminton ‘clears’ require a throwing action, but many new players use their rackets awkwardly, which can cause shoulder strain. The overhead shots in badminton can cause damage to the rotator cuff at the shoulder. Even if the racket is held correctly, badminton players can experience repetitive strain injury caused by overuse or practising the same shot repetitively.
Wrist Injuries are usually caused by an incorrect grip. The thumb needs to go around the handle, not go straight along the shaft. A loose grip is needed.
Knee and Ankle Injuries
Due to the sudden starting and stopping in the game, injuries of the lower limb are common. Ligament and tendon damage can limit movement and make playing impossible.
How Can Physiotherapy Help Badminton Injuries?
A physiotherapist can advise you on the correct badminton technique that will prevent injury. After an assessment, the physiotherapist may advise sports massage therapy, electrotherapy or acupuncture. The physiotherapist will work with you to stretch and strengthen the injury. They may give you exercises to do at home and training advice that will help you rehabilitate back into playing badminton.
How Can I Prevent Badminton Injuries?
- Warm up with a gentle jog and stretching exercise. Cooling down will also help.
- Spots massage can help release tight knots and remove tension and watse products from the body.
- Wear shoes with a non-slip sole to prevent falls.
- Use a light racket, with the correct grip size.
- Make sure you are holding the racket properly.
- Avoid taking too many steps in a staccato movement. Use your reach wherever possible.
- Strengthen your forearm and shoulders, strong muscles are less likely to tear.
- Rest properly in between games.
How Can I Help Myself?
- Take Non Steroidal Anti Inflammatory medication (NSAID).
- Elevate the area.
- Put an ice pack on the area.
- Give the area a gentle massage
- Try and gently stretch the joint.
- Compress the area with a bandage.
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