GUEST EDITORIAL: Physiotherapy in Badminton-Training and injury Management - DR. SIDDHARTH SAKALLE

Badminton is one of the most played sports in India. It is an extremely demanding sport. Players are often required to perform at their limits of speed, agility, flexibility, endurance and strength. It could also said, it is a combination of anaerobic and aerobic fitness. Badminton demands complex movements pattern which is unique compared with any other sport. This complexity and very high demands need excellent fitness; this may also lead injuries as well. Physiotherapy plays important role to overcome injury, to prevent injury and for fitness improvement.

Training Components: Warm Up and Warm Down: Like other sports, Badminton also required warm up before practice sessions and matches. Firstly, it should involve dynamic movements that help to increase body temperature, such as gentle jogging for around ten minutes minimum. Secondly, it should involve dynamic stretches which help to prepare the muscles for the stresses ahead. It includes all major muscles of lower extremity; shoulder muscles, neck muscles and back muscles.

The purpose of warm down is to maintain a slightly elevated metabolism which will help to recover from the practice sessions and matches. Moderate intensity activity i.e. few minutes jogging is an excellent way to recover of previously active muscle. At this stage static stretching has been used for all body muscles along with hip mobilization and full back mobilization with Manipulation (common one is thoracic vertebrae).  

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