Assessing Change of Direction Ability in Badminton Athletes

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Abstract

THIS REVIEW PROVIDES A STOCK TAKE OF BADMINTON-SPECIFIC CHANGE OF DIRECTION (COD) RESEARCH AND PROVIDES RECOMMENDATIONS TO PRACTITIONERS FOR COD ASSESSMENT. THE REVIEW WILL EXAMINE RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN COD AND THE FOLLOWING MEASURES: ANTHROPOMETRY, ELASTIC STRENGTH, CONCENTRIC STRENGTH, LEG MUSCLE IMBALANCES, TECHNIQUE, STRAIGHT-LINE SPRINT SPEED, AND FLEXIBILITY. A BADMINTON-SPECIFIC COD ASSESSMENT BATTERY IS PROPOSED WITH THE INCLUSION OF 2 NEW TESTS: A MULTIDIRECTIONAL LUNGE TEST AND A MULTIDIRECTIONAL CYCLIC COD TEST.

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