By Senior Physio, Jackie Lu @badminton_physio
Welcome to Part 2 of our blog series on badminton injury prevention!
A very common injury we see in badminton is lateral ankle sprains.
the injury has a 40% recurrence rate
and 73% of people injured have residual symptoms
It's important once you sprained your ankle to begin early intervention to optimally recover and minimise future residual pain and restrictions.
What to do for lateral ankle sprains?
Stage 1: 0-4 weeks post-injury
Implement 'Peace & love'
Stage 2: 4-6 weeks post-injury
Neuromuscular exercise training: 30 minutes per day, 5 times per week for 6 weeks
Foot intrinsic exercises such as toe curls and fanning.
Standing static balance
Stage 3: 6 weeks – 6 months post-injury
Strength and balance exercises- performing 4 to 5 times per week
Bosu ball balancing + shuttle juggling (2-5mins)
Single leg side jumping (15 per set x3 sets)
Single leg jump -> 2 leg landing (10 per set x3 sets)
Common knee injuries that occur in badminton can be distributed into two categories.
Traumatic injuries: ACL, MCL, Meniscus tears. The causes for traumatic knee injuries can include sudden twisting or landing awkwardly.
Atraumatic: Patella-tendinopathy. The causes for these injuries include overloading of the knee, and malalignment of force distribution.
For specific treatment of these injuries, it is best if you consult a physiotherapist or doctor as the injuries will require specific intervention suited to your situation.
Knee injury prevention
If you don’t have any pain and want to strengthen your knee to prevent injuries, then we recommend the following exercises:
lateral jumps (12 pers set x 3 sets)
jumping alternate lunges (10 per set x 3 sets)
monster walks (2 laps)
box jumps + reactive landing (10 per set x 3 sets)
If you have any questions about badminton injuries and skills, give us a shout!