Psychology / sports psychology

Musings on the spirit of sports

You may jokingly refer to your badminton racquet as a secret ‘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 speaks of our inner yearning … Continue reading

What’s your sports personality?
Badminton coaching / Psychology / sports psychology

What’s your sports personality?

Sports can reveal a lot about somebody’s personality. Famous tennis coach Vic Braden came up with a way to analyse the “brain types” of his players, based loosely on the Myers Briggs Type Indicator. He identified that Roger Federer is an “NT,” an Intuitive Thinker. This enabled him to tailor his coaching style to suit the type who likes solutions, … Continue reading

Shouting during play is unfair and a bad image for badminton
Badminton / Psychology / sports psychology / Tournaments

Shouting during play is unfair and a bad image for badminton

  Players who shout or grunt when they hit the shuttlecock can gain an unfair advantage. Their shouts can interfere with their opponent’s game, either masking the sound of the shuttlecock being hit by the racquet or distracting their opponent. At least two studies of grunting have found that players who grunt or shriek gain a few advantages over their quieter opponents: They hit … Continue reading