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…

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…

Badminton injury horror stories

The human body is tough but it’s not a machine. When we exceed our maximum potential something’s gotta give. I’ve met so many players with past injuries… There’s always a risk of injury in sports. Sometimes it’s preventable with a proper warm up and conditioning. Sometimes it’s pure bad luck, e.g. getting hit in the eye…

My dad’s story

With Father’s day around the corner, it’s an opportunity to thank my dad and share some of his story. He reckons he has the combined wisdom of 150 years (his and his mother’s) and perhaps unsurprisingly, he’s one of the strongest supporters and influences in my life. I’ve always respected my dad. His family wasn’t rich. They migrated from Guangzhou in southern China and had to make do with few…

How (not) to play badminton with injuries

  For recreational players with a badminton-related injury, the desire to go on court often overrides common-sense. When I talk to players, the most common badminton injuries involve the achilles, ankles, knees or rotator cuff. Clearly, playing for long periods or more intensively can risk aggravating those injuries. So I wondered, how do you assess whether you should play or…