Badminton is a racquet sport played by either two opposing players or pairs. The game is played with a shuttlecock and its aerodynamic properties cause it to travel different to that of balls used in most racquet sports. Although they decelerate more rapidly than a ball, a shuttlecock has a much higher top speed. The sport of badminton became an Olympic sport in 1992 with five events, consisting of singles and doubles. Badminton’s popularity has grown and now has around 4 million participants and 2000 clubs around Britain.

Common Badminton Injuries

Badminton injuries have been reported to occur at a rate of 2.9 injuries per player per 1000 hours of badminton playing. As it is a non-contact sport, any badminton injuries tend to be due to overuse. The rapid changes of direction and movement and the repeating of these can put stress on the tissues and bones and cause sports injuries in badminton. The most common badminton injuries happen in the leg such as sprained ankles, achilles tendonitis and patella tendonitis but also tennis elbow and rotator cuff injury occur as well as general muscle strain are regularly noted.

Health Benefits of playing Badminton

Playing badminton can be an energetic or light workout but either way it demands high quality of fitness in order to have quick reaction times, freedom of movement.  The entire body is used due to the large range of movement involved and players require aerobic stamina, agility, explosive strength, speed and precision.

Badminton is a technical sport so requires good motor coordination and development of sophisticated racquet movements. Putting more effort into the game can boost upper body strength, core stability and stamina. Badminton has also been found to increase the levels of good cholesterol and decrease bad cholesterol, help protect against heart disease and prevent or delay osteoporosis.

Badminton Insurance Plans

Sportsinsurance4u offers a wide variety of plans for both individual badminton player and badminton club insurance.

Sports Accident Insurance

General & Medical via Sportsinsurance4u can offer you a comprehensive range of badminton accident insurance providing cash benefits for sports injuries such as breaks and dislocations, as well as income protection and disablement cover if a badminton insurance claim arises.  Cover is also available for accidental injury whilst travelling to and from a scheduled match, training session or competition or whilst on an organised tour.

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Sports Health Insurance

Our Sports Health Insurance for semi-professional and professional badminton players offers all of the standard benefits of Private Health Insurance along with important cover for sports related injuries.

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As an alternative for amateur badminton players, General & Medical can also offer Private Health Insurance for you and your family, whether you are on a budget or whether you are looking for the most comprehensive levels of protection.

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