What Separates The Best From The Rest: Injuries

On September 2, 2009, in Instructional, by Emmet Gibney

This is the first in a series of articles covering aspects of badminton that separate the best players in the world, from everyone else.

The best players play a lot. Lin Dan doesn’t just play the occasional tournament, he plays lots of tournaments. However, you are not going to win if you aren’t at your best, and that means being fit, healthy and injury free.

With the level of intensity that the best players are playing at, it’s very likely that if you don’t take good care of yourself you will injure yourself. It’s one thing to do a good job of treating your injuries, but the key is to train in such a way that you prevent injuries from happening in the first place. Once you injure something the likelihood of you injuring the same thing again is very high. Peter Gade will always need to pay close attention to his knee after having surgery on it years ago. Wong Choong Han will never have the same achilles tendon that he had before he tore it (I sat five feet away from the court when it happened by the way). So, don’t injure yourself, easy right? Not if you want to play at the highest levels.

There are a number of key components to injury prevention:

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