Badminton is popular over the world, but particularly in Asia continent. A wealth of half-truth seems to exist as to where the sport actually, came from. So, I did a little research and I’ll try to put it straight.
Many say that English invented Badminton, but actually traces of its history comes from long back around 500 BC in Ancient China. There was a game named TiZianZi , which involved a ball with feathers , similar to modern shuttle cock and no racquet were used.
By the 16th century, badminton evolved in children’s game. By 17th century the upper-class people of Europe had become badminton lovers too. By then it was known by the name “jeu de volant”.
Meanwhile in India a game called Poona was developing much similar to badminton and the British rulers were drawn to it and took it to England. Soon the first ‘Badminton club’ was formed. They had made the rulebook that we follow today.
Comparison with other games
One of the more interesting things about this game is that it is played with shuttlecock, a projectile with feather, which has different structure than a ball and have a different flying pattern in air than a ball due to its feathers.
Feathers create a much higher drag, due to this shuttlecock de-accelerates much faster than a ball.
There is general agreement that it, especially in single version, demands more aerobic stamina than tennis and somewhat more athleticism than squash. Thus, requires significant faster reaction than squash or tennis.
Family fun or cutthroat competition
Another unique thing of this sport is that it can be played for fun or serious competition. If you ever seen Olympic badminton, you will know what it is incredibly fast paced and requires an outstanding athleticism.
Yet you can also spend as little as $ 20, put up a court in backyard and watch your children spending hours over badminton. And that you can’t certainly say about football or cricket.
Health benefits from Badminton
Badminton is not only fun but it is good way to socialize with like-minded persons along with that there are many health benefits described as follows-
Flexibility– no one can deny that this game improves the flexibility of most of body muscles, including the hamstrings, pectorals, triceps and many other body parts. It is an absolute necessity that a good player maintains a healthy level of flexibility in all muscles.
Strength– obviously your upper body won’t gain much strength but your forearms, thighs and calves will get sufficient challenge to improve their power and strength. Anyone who has ever done jump smashes back to back will testify to huge challenge on the places in thigh muscles.
Endurance– it is absolutely vital to any badminton player to keep going right to the end of the match. Every muscle has to continuously contract in a long badminton game from shoulders to calves.
Healthy Lungs and Heart– badminton places a very challenging workload on heart. Those who play singles (2 members) or doubles (4 members) of badminton will agree with me on this.
Short bursts of all out efforts are often required in quick fire rallies which can last for 12 shots per point. This series of stop-start is more like most popular fitness techniques in those one takes rest with short periods.
Mobility– As we age our joints become less moveable. The connective tissue and bone ending can become worn and do not remain as flexible as you were younger.
It is important as we age to maintain a certain level of movement in muscles and joints otherwise both our shape and performance of simple everyday tasks becomes more of a challenge. Badminton helps to mobilize and lubricate almost all the bone joints.
So, it is a very helpful to take part in as per the health problems are concerned.
Now some good playing techniques
Here are some tips that will make you feel like a professional coaching
- Correct Forehand strokes — it is most often used stroke in this game. After you master this stroke you can perform many types of shots like drop shot, smash etc.
- Maximizing wrist action— badminton is all about wrist action but it is half true. The power comes from the wrist action and correct swing.
- Balancing the Body— without good balance of body sufficient power for the different strokes can’t be generated. Good players make use of NON-RACQUET ARM to balance the body.
- Excellency in basics—under the basics correct badminton grip comes first then comes different stances to adopt different situations and finally good movement on the court is very important.
Thus, the conclusion of this game comes at a point that it is very much energetic and healthy game by which a human body can stay young.