[Fitness] I like badminton

April 6, 2007

I like to play badminton a lot.. and here are some facts about badminton and you will be amazed [Source: wikipedia]:

  • Badminton is an Olympic Sport with five competitive disciplines: men’s and women’s singles, men’s and women’s doubles, and mixed doubles, in which each pair is a man and a woman. At high levels of play, the sport demands excellent fitness: players require aerobic stamina, strength, and speed. It is also a technical sport, requiring good hand-eye coordination and the development of sophisticated racket skills.
  • The fastest recorded tennis stroke is Andy Roddick‘s 153 mph serve; the fastest recorded badminton stroke is Fu Haifeng‘s 206 mph smash.
  • Badminton, especially singles, requires substantially greater aerobic stamina than tennis; the level of aerobic stamina required by badminton singles is similar to squash singles, although squash may have slightly higher aerobic requirements.
  • Tennis requires greater upper body strength than badminton.
  • Badminton requires greater leg strength than tennis, and badminton men’s doubles probably requires greater leg strength than any other racket sport due to the demands of performing multiple consecutive jumping smashes.
  • Badminton requires much greater explosive athleticism than tennis and somewhat greater than squash, with players required to jump for height or distance.
  • Badminton requires significantly faster reaction times than either tennis or squash, although table tennis may require even faster reaction times. The fastest reactions in badminton are required in men’s doubles, when returning a powerful smash.

I used to see female badminton players wear short shorts with t-shirts. Nowadays female players are starting to wear like female tennis players. This is Malaysian top female player- Wong Mew Choo.. She used to wear short shorts during competition. In recent years, she starts to wear short tennis skirts.. looks much nicer, right?

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