Rebounding from injury

When you’re recovering from an injury, the isolation and frustration can make it seem like nobody cares. But rest assured, you’re not alone.   Emotional coping is part of the recovery process. In the past year I’ve been through a rollercoaster of feelings including: Frustration Anger Envy and resentment Changes in appetite and sleep Apathy…

A guide to badminton strings

Many years ago badminton wooden racquet frames were strung with natural gut. Such strings were typically made from thin twisted strips of sheep or beef intestines. In modern times, synthetic materials have largely replaced natural gut. Natural gut string is still available from Babolat but it has become increasingly rare and costly. Its main disadvantages are that it…

Insights from a badminton head coach

Badminton coaches are an influential group in the badminton community. They are amongst the most frequent and familiar faces on court and their work is essential to maintain and develop badminton talent. Given that coaches have to deal with a cross-section of players, students, and sports administrators and other coaches, they sometimes encounter challenges. Let’s find out from…

Interview with a pro stringer

For many players, string and tension are a secondary consideration after racquets. However, the tension with which a player strings their racquet can have a significant impact on the overall performance and feel of their racquet. It can be useful to seek expert advice from a professional stringer to identify a string and tension that feels…

My experience with online badminton shopping

Until recently I’ve rarely needed to shop online for badminton gear. I’ve been able to develop relationships through mutual trust and respect, and these have allowed me to obtain my gear at a decent price. What’s driven me online is the lack of choice in women’s badminton clothing and shoes. It’s an ongoing challenge to…

Getting started as a badminton coach

Coaching is a fascinating craft. If you enjoy badminton and helping others, you might enjoy coaching badminton. It’s a responsibility and privilege to have a coaching role and it’s one that I’m very excited to share. So far, coaching has been enjoyable and challenging. Difficulties arise when there are more than four students to a court…

Badminton player essentials: a style guide

You don’t need to spend a fortune before you step on court. The boxing day sales have arrived (post-Christmas sales wee!) and to help you celebrate lots of badminton fun, I’ve put together a fun style guide. You might wonder, who cares about style and fashion in sports?! Well, as frivolous as it might sound,…

Mind your language: sports writing

You may jokingly refer to your racquet as a ‘weapon’ or ‘sword.’  But beneath the humour is respect and appreciation for the extraordinary feats that individuals can achieve if they possess enough determination and resilience. The language of sports is rich in idioms, allusions and metaphors and it touches our inner yearning for stories of…

Why longevity matters

    It’s a public holiday in NSW and I’ve celebrated Spring by coming back to badminton and having a hit with friends. Many social players I spoke with have experienced breaks from badminton due to shifting priorities. Being out of the game hasn’t necessarily been bad for any of them and playing sport throughout…

Writing personally

I was touched when a follower reached out to me this week asking how I’d been. The short answer is negligent, alas! The school holidays are approaching, the weather is getting warmer in Sydney, and I’m still out of badminton due to injury. But I’m keen to examine sports writing because I tend to analyse, and…

Foot fractures: A guide for badminton players

Hey guys, my apologies for not updating for a while. I’ve been out of badminton since early February with a foot injury. There are 26 bones in the human foot and ankle and over 100 muscles, tendons and ligaments. I’ve fractured one of the bones and torn one of the ligaments. I was initially shy…

Signs of improvement for the year ahead

From the start of January I’ve challenged myself to set goals and have a plan to achieve them. I like lists and my list for badminton is short. I want to improve my all round game and get good.  The progression from beginner to expert The entry level in New South Wales is D grade. Many…