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Analysis of the characteristics of competitive badminton.
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PMID:  12547746     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To describe the characteristics of badminton in order to determine the energy requirements, temporal structure, and movements in the game that indicate performance level. To use the findings to plan training with greater precision. METHODS: Eleven badminton players (mean (SD) age 21.8 (3.26) years) with international experience from four different countries (France, Italy, Spain, and Portugal) were studied. Two of the Spanish players were monitored in several matches, giving a total of 14 samples, all during the 1999 Spanish International Tournament. Blood lactate concentration was measured with a reflective photometer. Maximum and average heart rates were recorded with a heart rate monitor. Temporal structure and actions during the matches were determined from video recordings. All variables were measured during and after the game and later analysed using a descriptive study. RESULTS: The results confirmed the high demands of the sport, with a maximum heart rate of 190.5 beats/min and an average of 173.5 beats/min during matches over 28 minutes long and performance intervals of 6.4 seconds and rest time of 12.9 seconds between exchanges. CONCLUSIONS: The results suggest that badminton is characterised by repetitive efforts of alactic nature and great intensity which are continuously performed throughout the match. An awareness of these characteristics, together with data on the correlations between certain actions such as unforced errors and winning shots and the final result of the match, will aid in more appropriate planning and monitoring of specific training.
D Cabello Manrique; J J González-Badillo
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  British journal of sports medicine     Volume:  37     ISSN:  0306-3674     ISO Abbreviation:  Br J Sports Med     Publication Date:  2003 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-01-27     Completed Date:  2003-03-17     Revised Date:  2009-11-18    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0432520     Medline TA:  Br J Sports Med     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  62-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
Faculty of Education, University of Granada, Granada, Spain.
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MeSH Terms
Heart Rate / physiology
Lactates / blood
Physical Education and Training
Physical Exertion / physiology*
Racquet Sports / physiology*
Statistics, Nonparametric
Time Factors
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