Balance control, agility, eye-hand coordination, and sport performance of amateur badminton players: A cross-sectional study

Towel K.K. WONG, Wai Wing Ada MA, Karen P.Y. LIU, Ming Yan CHUNG, Young-Hyeon BAE, Shirley S.M. FONG, Balasankar GANESAN, Hsing-Kuo WANG

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Abstract

In this study, balance performance, agility, eye–hand coordination, and sports performance were compared between amateur badminton players and active controls.

Thirty young adult badminton players and 33 active controls participated in the study. Static single-leg standing balance (with eyes closed) was measured using a force platform, and dynamic balance was measured using the Y Balance Test (lower quarter). Agility was measured using a hexagon agility test, and eye–hand coordination was measured using a computerized finger-pointing task. Sports performance was quantified by the number of times a shuttlecock fell in a designated area following a badminton serve.

The badminton players had superior accuracy in badminton serving (P < .001) relative to the active controls. However, no significant between-group differences were noted in all other outcome variables (P > .05).

Amateur badminton players had more favorable sports performance, but not balance performance, agility, or eye–hand coordination, than controls. Copyright © 2019 The Authors. Published by Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere14134
JournalMedicine
Volume98
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2019

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Bibliographical note

Wong, T. K. K., Ma, A. W. W., Liu, K. P. Y., Chung, L. M. Y., Bae, Y.-H., Fong, S. S. M., . . . Wang, H.-K. (2019). Balance control, agility, eye-hand coordination, and sport performance of amateur badminton players: A cross-sectional study. Medicine, 98(2). Retrieved from http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/MD.0000000000014134

Keywords

  • Performance
  • Physical fitness
  • Postural control
  • Racket sports
  • Visual motor