The practice of badminton has a positive impact on the physical and psychological health of those who practice it. Which makes this sport an ideal resource to achieve and maintain a state of well-being that implies an improvement in the quality of life for both young people and adults.
Carlos Longo Esteban, technical director and head of the Andalusian Training Center belonging to the Andalusian Federation of Badminton, affirms that “he works with many physical abilities”, so his benefits are many, either as a single activity or as a complement to a program of more extensive training.
The main benefits of badminton for health
Tone muscles and increase muscle strength
Being an exercise in which explosiveness of legs is mixed in all directions with the hitting of the steering wheel. The musculature is toned globally without prioritizing especially some parts over others, so that muscle strength is also developed. The only part of the body that is left a little more abandoned is the arm that is not used to play. But it is easy to train it separately to make up the difference.
Maintain an adequate body weight
When the objective sought when exercising is to lose weight, burn fat and, therefore, achieve a more slender body, badminton is a recurring option. Because it is an aerobic exercise that demands a constant effort of maximum intensity.
Increase resistance and lung capacity
The duration of the matches and their intensity make the body constantly improve both aerobic and anaerobic resistance, gaining lung and heart capacity. This not only makes the exercise easier and increases the workload, but it also improves the performance of daily activities.
Improve reflexes, coordination and agility
The reaction time experiences an improvement due to the speed of the game.
Which directly improves the reflexes, the overall muscular coordination and the agility of the practitioner.
Enhance the balance
The badminton movement occurs in all directions but looking towards the network to keep track of the wheel. These lateral and backward movements enhance balance and control of the centre of gravity.
Increase visual abilities
One of the benefits provided by this sport that often goes unnoticed is the improvement of several aspects related to sight. With his practice, a greater capacity of far-near focus is achieved, and the ease to contrast between figure and depth and the calculation of depth is enhanced. In addition, better eye-hand coordination is obtained. The visual reaction time and the amplitude of the peripheral field are two other characteristics of the view that are trained with badminton.
Getting emotional well-being
The practice of badminton not only constitutes a divertimento that allows to escape from the daily reality, but, as it happens with other sports, it also helps to release endorphins and serotonin, that reduce the levels of stress and anxiety , providing a welfare state.
Although many people consider it an individual sport. Although it can be played in pairs and also the badminton favors social relationships for their contribution of fun. Also it is an incentive to leave home and, especially in the case of the most young people, avoid the abuse of social networks and other sedentary activities.
Possible contraindications to the practice of badminton
Anyone can play badminton for fun and professionally. You just need the equipment like badminton racket, shuttlecock and nets.
From children to retirees, and according to Carlos Longo, “there does not have to be any contraindication to practice it, unless it is expressly indicated by the doctor.” And this is the key element: inform yourself first if you intend to perform with some intensity, because there is a risk of suffering specific injuries in the lower train , such as sprains or tendinitis , as well as problems in the back when arching to hit the steering wheel. It is also possible to suffer injuries to the wrist, elbow and shoulder.
In addition, in the case of suffering from any cardiac pathology medical advice becomes essential. Because you have to know the level of demand for your body. In these cases, the specialist may indicate the need to undergo a stress test to avoid health complications.