What would be the right age to start fitness for Badminton players? 10 Yrs, 13 Yrs, or 15 Yrs?

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Posted on Mon Dec 28 2020


What would be the right age to start fitness for Badminton players? 10 Yrs, 13 Yrs, or 15 Yrs?

"Olympic silver medalist PV Sindhu began playing badminton at the age of 8, and former world no.1 Lee Chong Wei picked up the racquet at the age of 11. In order to make an international career out of the sport, it is imperative to start early considering the increase in competition at the junior level of badminton."

What would be the right age to start fitness  for Badminton players? 10 Yrs, 13 Yrs, or 15 Yrs?

Badminton is a sport that can be played by kids under 10 years old up to senior citizens who continue playing after the age of 60 or more. Badminton is a globally followed sport and parents want their children to begin at an early age to make it big. The competition of the sport varies according to the age category and it gets fiercer as you get older. Olympic silver medalist PV Sindhu began playing badminton at the age of 8, and former world no.1 Lee Chong Wei picked up the racquet at the age of 11. In order to make an international career out of the sport, it is imperative to start early considering the increase in competition at the junior level of badminton.

As the competition starts at a very young age, each player begins professional training for hours everyday thereby with an aim to be the best in their age category. Badminton is the fastest racquet sport in the world with the shuttlecock travelling at lightning speeds of 350+kmph. A sport that fast paced and dynamic puts a profound demand on fitness on the players to work on aspects of reflex, strength, speed, endurance, power, agility, plyometrics and mental strength as well. Once the players break into the main circuit at the sub-junior level, it is necessary to devote a major chunk of their time to fitness as well. Athletes who possess a high level of skill at the age of 10-12 and simultaneously work on their fitness will reach newer heights in sport. The training given to athletes at a tender age has to be designed with utmost care and precaution as to not overload them with exercises which will affect their performance on court or lead them to an injury. Ideally players of that age can start with bodyweight exercises, exercises with small resistances, tubing exercises, balance and stability exercises, agility, and endurance. Players can continue performing bodyweight and resistance based exercises with advancements and modifications after improving their base level of fitness. Weight training for athletes at the age of 10-12 is not advised as it requires a base level of fitness for any athlete to progress to that level, players can take up weight training once an appropriate base has been set. The base of fitness can be laid in these formation years which will benefit them in the long run to be advanced amongst their peers, help them build a sustainable career and perform better on court by withstanding the fatigue of long rallies and not facing the burden of injuries.

"A multi-dimensional sport such as badminton involves dynamic movements at various angles, directions and heights such as lunging, leaning, jumping, sprinting, quick reflexes, endurance, good hand-eye co-ordination which are some of the many skills required to play this sport at the highest level."

A multi-dimensional sport such as badminton involves dynamic movements at various angles, directions and heights such as lunging, leaning, jumping, sprinting, quick reflexes, endurance, good hand-eye co-ordination which are some of the many skills required to play this sport at the highest level. These qualities of fitness can be developed with regular training starting at a young age of 10-12 and steadily progressing through their teenage, eventually the athlete will reach their peak level of fitness by the age of 20-22 which helps in laying a foundation for the years to come. Following continuous skill training, a systematic fitness regime, developing injury prevention awareness, match strategies will extract results out of young players in due course of time helping the player progress steadily towards their goal. Apart from the athletes themselves, it is also the responsibility of the coaches and the strength and conditioning coaches of these young athletes to spread awareness on these vital components of defining any athlete’s career path in their sport. Ultimately when the efforts of all the coaches and the athlete join hands, a strong career of a young shuttler is produced for the world to witness.

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