Examining racquet variability in the doubles badminton short serve

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School of Medical and Health Sciences


Vial, S., Cochrane, J., Blazevich, A and Croft, J. (2016). Examining racquet variability in the doubles badminton short serve. Paper presented at the Physical Education and Sports Science Skill Acquisition Symposium (ASARG) 2016 conference, Singapore.


Traditionally, precision - based sports have focused upon achieving an invariance in movement. Recent research suggests that movement variability is an inherent component of skilled performance, and variability around individual joints may allow consistent movement of the end point. In badminton, successful short serves are characterised by the shuttlecock passing low over the net and falling. Three - dimensional motion analysis of the backhand short serve was performed on eight elite badminton players. Preliminary analysis of the racquet position found higher variability at the start and end of the backswing, however after the end of the backswing through to contact shows increased consistency. This shows that athletes incorporate a functional level of variability in the racquet movement to achieve better consistency or less variation at contact.

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