Recent statistics reveal that badminton injuries occur at a rate of roughly 2.9 per 1000 playing hours. This means most committed badminton players will experience injury several times throughout their badminton career. As badminton is not a contact sport, most injuries tend to occur as a result of overuse. The speed and intensity of badminton means that there are a number of rapid and repetitive movements required by the player. Over time, these repeated actions place strain on the tissues and joints, potentially leading to injury.
Carl Petersen, BPE, BScPT, Physiotherapist discusses badminton and bicep tendonitis.
Carl Petersen, BPE, BScPT, talks about badminton and hamstring injury.
Badminton: PRICE Principle
In badminton, Achilles tendonitis of the heel can occur with pushing off for the different strokes, but also with the quick stops and starts that they need to make.
Achilles tendonitis is pain felt in the region of the heel at the back of the foot. If we look at a foot model, the Achilles tendon runs from the calf muscle up here, and attaches down to the calcaneus, or the heel.
Pain can often be felt either at the region of the heel or anywhere up the tendon itself. In helping deal with Achilles tendonitis problems, we want to decrease the inflammation that we’re getting in the area, so utilizing a variety of different physiotherapy techniques can help.
But we also want to get rid of some of the tension on the calf muscles, so doing stretching, doing self-massage or rolling on a ball can help to decrease the tension and pull on that tendon.
It’s a good idea to see your physiotherapist, because they can help prescribe exercises which will help improve the problems associated with this tendon, which can often be long-lasting.
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Carl Petersen, BPE, BScPT, talks about badminton and achilles tendonitis.
Carl Petersen, BPE, BScPT, talks about badminton and calf strains.
Golfer's Elbow in Badminton
Wrist injuries can be common in badminton just because of the speed of the wrist movement as they’re flicking the shuttle cock.
Wrist tendonitis can affect any of the muscles that run from the forearm up into the hand because they form tendons in this region here. Because of the nature of the forehand and backhand strokes, you’ll get some over use in those tendons and those muscles.
A player will develop some swelling. There may also be redness over the area and it will be quite painful to touch.
If you suspect you have wrist tendonitis, obviously you’re going to want to follow the PRICE or the RICE principle in the first 24 to 48 hours. That means applying ice to the area on a regular basis by utilizing an ice pack or some other form of cold implement.
If you have questions about wrist tendonitis in badminton, contact your local physiotherapist.
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The Benefits of Sports Psychology
Sports psychology is actually a really important part of people’s recovery from injury. And that’s because it’s not just your body that has gotten wounded, but it’s also your sense of self.
And particularly if you’re used to being physically active, if you’re involved in a sports team, then there are a whole bunch of effects that happen that aren’t really great with injury.
You’ve lost some of your supports, your sense of your self has changed, you’re concerned about letting the team down. There are just a whole bunch of aspects that have to do with your mental state as well as your physical recovery.
Well a sports psychologist can actually can help a person if they’re injured review what happened and just talk about it. Sometimes just talking about what happened, how you felt, what your concerns are, all of these pieces are really useful.
And then additionally there may be some techniques that can help you. For example, there’s good research that having a chance to imagine, to image, to visualize your sport, to visualize your recovery process, can really speed the physical process of recovery as well.
Learning how to calm yourself down when you’re feeling really tense of stressed that’s a skill that’s so useful whether you’re injured or just in everyday life. There are a variety of techniques for learning how to breathe properly, how to manage your stress and all those can really help with injury recovery.
If you’ve had an injury and you’re wanting some assistance on recovering, certainly having the physical and the medical aspect is tremendously important. Also it’s really useful to speak with a psychologist or a sports psychologist so that you can – your entire body can recover and perhaps even thrive, even do better than you had before. Local Physiotherapist
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Presenter: Dr. Kate Hays, Psychologist, Toronto, ON
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