Injuries during Badminton have been reported to occur at a rate of 2.9 injuries per player per 1000 hours of Badminton playing. Badminton injuries tend to be due to overuse as badminton is a non contact sport. Badminton requires explosive power for flicks of the wrist, lunges, jumps and rapid changes of direction and these repeated actions can put stress on the tissues and cause injury.
Most Badminton injuries occur around the ankle region, with a Sprained Ankle the most common injury, followed by Achilles Tendonitis. Because of the involvement of a racquet, upper limb injuries such as Tennis Elbow and Rotator Cuff Injury are also quite common in Badminton.
The published research indicates that men seem to sustain slightly more Badminton injuries than women and that more injuries occur the older the players got. Generally, overuse injuries tend to occur as we get older because the joint and tendon tissue become less able to withstand stress. Also, unlike in younger people, this tissue doesn't heal so well when we get older.