Written by Amir Bashir | 30 March 2022
In this article, you will discover the disadvantages of playing badminton, ranging from the serious to almost everything in between.
Let’s jump into it.
Today’s badminton is faster, more athletic, and more technical.
It is also more prone to eye injuries.
Research has shown that badminton accounts for two-thirds of all eye injuries in sports. A 5-year survey of ocular injuries in sport found that badminton players suffer a higher number of eye injuries (63) than all the other major sports players put together (33).
That is not the most worrying part.
The same study found that badminton is the leading cause of traumatic hyphema (a common complication of blunt injury to the eye that can cause permanent vision loss), with the sport responsible for 53.3% of all TH cases.
Most injuries eye can occur when there is a smash — a shot that can travel up to 493 km/hr.
When I started playing badminton, I always shied away from doubles games. Little did I know that my limitation (not being able to find enough players for a doubles game) was probably a blessing in disguise.
Here’s why I’m saying that.
A small study published in the British Medical Journal has found that of the 73 injures the researchers observed in doubles badminton matches, more than half (52) were caused by the doubles partner.
In other words, your own teammate is more likely to injure you on a badminton court than a disgruntled opponent. This is as good a reason as you’d ever get to stick to singles.
Badminton isn’t one of the most expensive outdoor games. That title has long been retained by golf, the favorite pastime of billionaires.
Yet it isn’t super cheap either.
In addition to paying the hourly fee to rent a badminton court, you’ll have to invest in a racket, shoes, and shuttlecock. And if you take the game seriously, you’ll also need to change your racket string every few months.
All these costs might balloon out of your budget if you aren’t careful.
Here’s the reason most of my friends stopped playing badminton as they graduated from high school: they weren’t able to find a friend with enough empty time on their hands with whom they can play a game or two of badminton.
Badminton isn’t like jogging or swimming, where you can go solo. It requires you to find a partner who is willing to spend his free time with you. That is something easier said than done, as every former badminton player-now-turned-adult can attest.
That being said, it isn’t impossible to practice badminton on your own, here are a few examples of how this can be achieved:
An average badminton player covers around 6.4 km per game. In contrast, an average tennis player ‘only’ runs 3.4 km during a three-set match, meaning badminton players cover twice as much distance in half as much time.
This explains why professional badminton players look knackered at the end of the match. The effort they put in on the court is so intense that they need to have a full night’s sleep to regain their energy levels.
Badminton takes discipline to do frequently, especially as most of us have chores to do, both before and after the game; some of us have physical jobs too.
Let me tell you a secret about this sport: earnings from your first rung of badminton competition or state-level tournaments won’t be enough to take care of you financially. Unless your family is backing you, you’d have to do a side job to make ends meet.
Think there is nothing wrong with doing a side job to pursue your dream? You’re right.
Except for the fact that badminton players earn a pittance compared to their fellow athletes who play football, basketball, or any sports with more fan following. That isn’t only the case with amateurs — even the best badminton players earn less than top performers in other sports.
For instance, Kento Momota was the highest-paid badminton player in 2021. Yet he made less money in the entire year ($506,900) than the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Stephen Curry and top performers of other sports make in a week.
So, if you want generational wealth, badminton may not be the sport to pursue professionally.
Badminton might have its fair share of disadvantages for those who play the game, but it still remains the perfect activity for anyone with an awareness of the drawbacks, because, let’s face it, it’s one of the best sports.
Now I have some questions for you:
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Amir picked up his first badminton racket at the age of 4 and fell in love with the sport. He joined Healthy Principles to help his fellow badminton enthusiasts get better at the game. In his spare time, you'll find him watching long rallies on YouTube. Learn more about Amir Bashir.