Common Injuries in Badminton

Common Injuries in Badminton

Badminton most popularly played sport in the world. Second only to football, with over 220 million people playing it regularly.

Players aren’t without their risk though, because whether you play for fun or take this as a profession, there is always a high chance of getting injured. Here are the most common injuries in Badminton.

1. Rotator cuff tear.

This can occur around the cuff muscles in the shoulder joint. Rotator cuff injuries happen by over-usage. Initially, it presents itself first as inflammation (tendonitis), which might turn serious in the form of partial or full tears.

How you can recognize this?

The biggest indicator is, you feel the pain when you are playing a lot of overhead shots like smash, drop, or overhead clearance. You may also feel the pain when you are lifting heavy objects or when you roll over onto the injured side while asleep.


a. Proper warm-up and warm down.

b. Build shoulder strength.

c. Avoid playing incorrect shots.

d. Resting well.

2. Tennis elbow.

Also called lateral epicondylitis, a common injury in all forms of sports especially in racket sports like badminton, squash, and tennis. Tennis elbow is caused due to repetitive use of the elbow, repetitions create elbow ligament tears.

How you can recognize this?

The pain is developed when the forearm muscles that connect to the outside of your elbow become irritated. Symptoms associated with tennis elbow, when pain radiates from outside of the elbow into the wrist and forearm. You can notice it when there is pain when you grip the racket or try to balance an object.


a. Towel twist.

b. Wrist extensor flex.

c. Wrist extensor stretch.

d. Wrist turns with weight.

e. Elbow bend.

3. Knee twist (ACL tear).

Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Injury occurs most regularly in sports that involve a lot of jumping and quick movements like football, badminton, tennis, basketball, and gymnastics. The studies suggest that knee injuries happen 2.4 and 9.7 times higher in female athletes than compared to males athletes.

How you can recognize this?

Anterior Cruciate Ligament is one of the 4 ligaments that connect the knee. This helps maintain the knee movement, stability, and rotation. You can recognize this pain when there is knee instability and swelling.


a. Using correct footwear.

b. Knee strengthening exercises.

c. Rest well.

d. Apply ice to decrease inflammation.

e. Consult a sports physician or an orthopedist as soon as possible.

Sports and injuries go hand in hand. This should not stop you from playing, while some injuries are acute or chronic in nature. All that you can do is, take good care of your body by regular strength and conditioning. When you experience any form of irritation in your regular movement in practice, STOP it immediately and consult a physician or orthopedic.

The above-provided information on our blog is true to the best of our knowledge and we do not endorse or guarantee the reliability or accurateness of the provided information. If you experience any pain please seek professional medical advice.