Family Badminton in Warrington


There is a new type of badminton fun around in Warrington where children and their parents can come together and enjoy a safe, challenging, development-focused fun session with Coach Frank.

See the below videos to get the hint about what we call fun:

There are 2 locations you can find the 2 hours long activity which makes children excited and also satisfied:

Great Sankey Neighbourhood Hub, find the details here.

Broomfields Leisure Centre, find the details here.

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2nd Sunrise Singles Tournament

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Sunrise Performance Team


We have recently started a performance team to create a challenging environment for our best students to prepare them for league matches, tournaments and eventually to fight for a place in the county team.

This is an invitational group and for future applications, we are setting up a selection process to make sure only the ones who really want to compete will get into the team.

In this group, independent work and good focus are musts.

Anyone who would like to join, they should join other regular training groups of the network first (5-10 occasions), so Coach Frank can observe their working attitude, independence, and current skills.

If you would like to know more about the selection process, click on the below link.

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Sunrise Badminton Junior Tournament


The tournament we organized on the 13th of August, 2022 was a success.

18 children in their primary ages among Frank`s students could try themselves against others, some could try it with their parents!

Most badminton sessions started to form in January 2022 and the first test of knowledge is done for now.

We have tried our best to make the competition as smooth as possible. Overall, it was a great event that children and parents could enjoy. For some of them, it was their first competitive experience and they took the challenges very well.

A huge well done to all who competed, whether in singles or doubles!

Massive thank you to the volunteers who helped the children count their matches and also Frank to register results and calculating the scores.

We have been blessed to have a photographer on site to capture the best moments possible within the given light conditions.

As promised, here are the pictures below from the tournament. All pictures are reduced in size and watermarked to protect our content online. Feel free to share these pictures. If you would like non-watermarked, better-quality pictures, get in touch.

Birchwood High Juniors (12-18y)


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Rivalry with fair play


Dear Badminton Parents, All,

We are going to hold our first-ever Junior Singles Tournament and also a Parent-Child category to find the best Male and Female players of Sunrise Badminton Network and also to provide excitement, fun, and valuable experiences.

This is a closed tournament only for the current or ex-students of Coach Frank.

Please see below the flyer and the Description of the tournament

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The below form is no longer available.

Bridgewater High Juniors (6-12 y)


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14/09/21 training follow up


Dear players, parents, followers,

On our training yesterday I`ve tried to challenge all of you to try something new to keep your mindset grow and strengthen your current skillset.

I have promised some videos about top-level badminton.

These are fresh ones from China! There is a match for Women and one for Men.

I recommend both. Strong skillsets and mindsets could be observed throughout these matches.

At women`s singles, you can see the current Olympic Gold Medallist (In white shirt: Chen Yu Fei) playing against her very challenging Chinese compatriot right after the Olympics.

At men`s singles, you can see the former Olympic Gold and current Olympic Silver Medallist (Chen Long) playing against a young Chinese compatriot.

Enjoy, see you next week!


Ways to understand mindset


I have made an exhaustive post about mindset to fully describe “What mindset is?” and tried to break down some myths about it.

I still believe that this is a midnight zone for most of us, so I create some posts to make it easier to digest.

Does mindset a separate thing?

Some of you would say it is a thinking technique, so it is a technique so it is a technical thing.

Some of you would say it is a strategy of how we think on the court, so it is a tactical thing.

Some of you would sense that it is none of them, it is about feelings and how we manage them.

But if I ask you about how can you describe it on the level of emotions, most of you would have a blank face, some would also try to explain it but after some made-up hypothesises, they would realize that they are as foggy about it as the rest.

I have made a diagram about it in my last badminton mindset post but I thought with my current mind that maybe I can clarify it even better why it could be ambiguous.

Mindset is a separate thing to describe your feelings on the court and turn them into something you can control to deliver consistent performance.

But mindset doesn`t stop when you leave the court so how would you describe the off-court mindset? Does that the same or something else? Do we also have another mindset we have never discussed?

Yes, we do my friends. Yes, we do.


Wot? What mindset means then?

This set of thinking methods are not limited to the court. It has a base, which is your basic thinking about everything and anything.

And why is it triangle-shaped? It has a reason, find it here.

Even now when you are sitting and reading this has your own thinking method, a unique sequence of evaluating the input you get.

It is the same or similar sequence of how you eat, thinking about your overall health, how you value sleeping times and quality, selecting your information sources, accepting people and what they say, selecting places from awful to your favourites, how you act in the dressing rooms before the training, how you act on court, how you act after a lost or a winner rally.

Mindset could mean the part of the game and also a place that includes all things of sport and life.

But if you are serious about badminton or any sports then mindset is everywhere.

It must be there at every movement you do on the streets, at every place, every bite, every classroom or off-court activity, in your bedroom at the most private moments.

No exceptions. Every little thought on-court or off-court can have an effect on every single shot.

Mindset is the way of the constant evaluation of how you think.

Different approach

Let me explain it from a different direction.

What do you call a skill? What skill means to you? How would you define skill?

If we talk about a skillset, we talk about a bunch of specific skills a person has.

This is no different when we talk about mindset.

For me, this is what it means:


A technique is as strong as it can be performed under pressure with the same quality.

When you cannot perform your personal technique properly at a competition is what I call a weak skill.

Mindset works parallel, here comes the twist.

About the above skill, how much you trust in it will determine how strong your trust in your own skill.

That is what makes the mind on that shot. Yes, every one of your shots has its own trusted methods.

If you break it, it is less likely or no longer trusted by you.

Usually, that is the first point on a match for a weak mindset owner to start physical, verbal, mental self-punishment which can manifest into yells of anger, frustrated facial expressions (eye-rolling, disgust, contempt, etc…) unfair play, disagreements, disallowed breaks of the game and so on.

It is a self-generating process that leads to a total collapse of a performance.

Most coaches suppress that topic or handle it as this is something a player can never change.

But I am sure, no player wants to be like that.

Players are frustrated because they thought they did everything for a good performance and cannot get why they are failing on court at some situations.

Wrap up

You cannot isolate mindset as it is part of every shot, every meal, every step.

Mindset is exciting. Everybody owns one and how strong is it determines a strong or a weak player.

Skills are important, so is the mindset.

Every skill has its linked mind method. There is no skill without its trusted way of thinking about it.

A strong mindset owner can be recognisable from distance so is a weak mindset owner.

Anyway, observe yourself on the court and become a better self! 🙂

And one more thing: practice present, because…

Consciousness brings success.

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Bridgewater High Juniors (12-18y)


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Great Sankey Juniors (6-12 y)


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20% off for next term


The offer

We are offering coaching from the age of 8 to 18 years.

These are coached, 1-hour sessions fit for school half terms* run by a Registered Badminton England UKCC Level 2 coach, Frank – Ferenc Szekely at Broomfileds Leisure Centre.


This post is about planning the next half term* for the club where you can get a decent discount if you sign up your child until the 31st of August at 23:59 on email.

Payments must be paid in full before the first session starts otherwise we cannot provide coaching on this price.

There are 8 places available in total on Thursday and 12 on Tuesday, so you must be quick to secure a place for your child.

Terms and conditions

Sign up email must arrive through our website or by email to before the 1st of September at 00:00. Sign up email sent after the 31st of August at 23:59 would have to pay £5/session. Booked places must be confirmed by the club in 48 hours. The price of the half term* must be paid in full by BACS transfers to access the offer. For more info visit: Any questions contact us through our website`s form at the “Contact” tab.

*half term – the time between school holidays. There are usually 4-5 school holidays a year.

Girls` periods vs. Badminton

The article aims to make you aware that Coach Frank has a good understanding of this part of a girl`s life and is happy to support you on your hard days.

Female hormones not only affect mood and cause some pain, but they could also weaken a girl`s body on the level of ligaments, leaving them prone to injuries. So knowing how to manage a girl in sport is important to me.

How do periods affect their overall performance? Let`s dive in.

As I mentioned in my previous article about Mindset, we should not look into periods without understanding how it is going to affect the mentality of a person.

Understanding the menstrual cycle is important because it can impact a girl`s body from head to toe.

1. How periods affecting your skills and mindset?

Mental preparation is key to understand that your skills might be not the same at that time of the month which is normal.

Working on accepting and forgiving yourself for your unforced mistakes is vital.

Accept that it is not the best version of you these days.

Whether you are a competitive player or playing for fun and health, it is wise to let your coach know about it to reduce the risk of injury.

You can check out here another article about a major injury that could happen while you having your period.


You might be clumsy, bloated therefore could feel heavier than usual.

You will make more errors at shots you could confidently perform before for years.

Can`t find the focus and then get furious or you want to cry like “This isn`t me”.

You might experience lower back pain that ruins your posture while moving, losing your balance easier which can cause delayed recoveries.

Impatience can cause anger. Anger narrowing or completely takes away focus. Lack of focus can cause injury. Simple and sad as that. So instead of getting too hard on yourself, I recommend this:

If you have training on those days, I recommend you to enjoy moving carefully and being around people. Focus on patience only to avoid an injury.

Naturally, you cannot perform at your best, your coach ought to understand that.

If not then change the coach.

A coach should not lose trust in you and your enthusiasm because once a month your performance fall back a bit or you cannot get out the bed.

This is only the sign of the most precious thing in life, that your body is now preparing to create a new life.

This is a proud moment but I also understand that you want to keep it private.

2. How badminton can help? (or sports generally)

It might sound weird but if you lightly exercise during your period, it may bring away the pain and/or the sensation of being isolated.

Badminton can naturally make you laugh because you could be amazed by the infinite number of unexpected situations on the court.

It is a non-contact, non-violent sport, so no external trauma could get you unprepared on the court.

Hormones could naturally lower a bit quicker due to higher heart rates, water consumption and physical activities could soothe stomach cramps and you also might be less irritated.

Give a chance to badminton, at least once in your life it might be a thing for you during your period.

But at the same time, you should be careful not to overdo exercises because this is the most sensitive period of your body to injuries according to research.

Your ligaments are weakening while Estradiol (the most important form of Estrogen) peaks.

All your joints, ankles, knees, elbows and shoulders are under threat if you put pressure on your body a couple of days before and during your period.

A coach or a youngster who understand the importance of this information could protect a young life from a serious, life-changing injury.


I am not an expert or a doctor or a tutor of the menstrual cycle. I intend to let you know that I am aware of it in detail and know what a coach needs to know about it.

As a coach, I also understand what can or cannot be done during your menstrual cycles.

If you let me know that “you are having hard times”, I will avoid putting any pressure on you on that week.

I would like to encourage you to come down to our sessions to connect with friends. Even if you are not feeling at your best, it could be a good experience to bring away grief and replace it with a positive thought.

Exercise can help alleviates the cramps and mood swings involved.

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Here you can find the actual studies I have read:,incidence%20in%20the%20follicular%20phase.

Here are some useful content about how to cope with your periods

My favourite:

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22/06/21 training follow up


Dear badminton players,

Hope you could stretch out your limbs and had a nice time at the session yesterday.

If you have any comments, suggestions or question, leave a reply at the bottom and I get back to you as soon as I can.

Every week, I aim to teach little things about badminton and the mindset it requires.

I want you to become conscious about what you already have and what ought to be developed first to increase your playing experience to make the game more exciting.

Believe it or not, counting the game bring even more excitement and waking up your crave to compete.

Competing is fun and most of you naturally like it, whether you admit or not.

However, I am still not expecting you to become an athlete or spend hours on the court.

Learn the rules and get some skills to enjoy badminton for life.

This week`s videos for grip techniques and a singles play to be able to observe counting of the game.

15/06/2021 training follow up


Dear badminton players,

Hope you have had a great half term and ready to the final exams.

The good news is that I have no requirement for you in terms of badminton. So you can relax on the session without performance pressure.

One of the thing whether or not feeling it that you are getting better at what you do here which is an unforced achievement.

I only ask this, trust in your knowledge and allow yourself to make mistakes on the court. If you cannot forgive easy your mistakes, I will.

The other thing is how to move on the court while playing doubles.

It is called rotation or place finding.

It is a complex mutual movement based on self-trust while accepting your vulnerability and earn your partner`s trust by accepting their vulnerability on the court.

Like ballroom dancing. 🙂 Anyway, here is a video I suggest to see about vulnerability and also here are some matches you can check out to see how the rotation works on court for level doubles:

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25/05/2021 training follow up

Sunrise Badminton Session - Mindset Coaching

Dear badminton players,

I have mentioned couple of things for some of you on the session to look after.

Some of you were a bit confused on the counting of a game and this is understandable. In order to enjoy badminton, first, you should experience the intensity of a game and try to find yourself in it.

The rules are important but not from the first minute. I gonna place 3 links about how we score in badminton. Please check it out and have questions on the next session.

Remember, Technique under pressure is skill. Trust under pressure is mindset.

Here is a match where you can observe how we count the scores in badminton

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask or send your question to and write “Question” into the subject section.

I wish a good break, lots of laugh and quality time together with family and friends.

See you all on the 15th of June!

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Goodwill Pharma sponsoring us!


It is good news for sure to the Network that we will be sponsored by a large pharmacological company from Europe that is adamant to extend its coverage to the United Kingdom.

At present, they are going to sponsor us with our annual shuttle usage but based on our numbers and achievements they would sponsor our expenses and needs extensively in the future so we can focus on the thing we love the most.

Sunrise Badminton Session - Mindset Coaching

It is badminton.

We would like to thank you for their contribution to our club and our sport and hope for a fruitful collaboration between us.

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18/05/2021 training follow up

Broomfields Leisure Centre Junior Badminton Session

Dear badminton players,

I have mentioned couple of things for some of you on the session to look after.

Some of you are at a good level of fighting spirit, a good level of physical intimidation or on the road to become conscious about your own strengths on the court. Below you can see a list of useful links to grow your skillset.

Remember, Technique under pressure is skill. Trust under pressure is mindset.

Forearm rotation to be able to generate effortless power:

Footwork in general to be able to move fast and fluid

Here is a match I recommend you to watch and learn badminton movements. Nice slow motion captures, enjoy!

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A new study backs up the theory of PVD

Consciousness | Badminton-Mindset-PVD

I am thrilled to let you know that one of my findings in badminton has been backed up by science!

Peripheral Visual Deception, a.k.a PVD is a real thing and for me at least, it starts a whole series of other questions around other unconscious decisions based on our visual perceptions in the sport of badminton.

Exciting times are coming when my coaching techniques go through a revolution in the name of consciousness!

Because, in my opinion, consciousness brings success.

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To see the article below about the study, click here.

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“How much are you conscious of right now? Are you conscious of just the words in the centre of your visual field or all the words surrounding it? We tend to assume that our visual consciousness gives us a rich and detailed picture of the entire scene in front of us. The truth is very different, as our discovery of a visual illusion, published in Psychological Science, shows.

To illustrate how limited the information in our visual field is, get a deck of playing cards. Pick a spot on the wall in front of you and stare at it. Then take a card at random. Without looking at its front, hold it far out to your left with a straight arm, until it’s on the very edge of your visual field. Keep staring at the point on the wall and flip the card round so it’s facing you.

Try to guess its colour. You will probably find it extremely difficult. Now slowly move the card closer to the centre of your vision, while keeping your arm straight. Pay close attention to the point at which you can identify its colour.

It’s amazing how central the card needs to be before you’re able to do this, let alone identify its suit or value. What this little experiment shows is how undetailed (and often inaccurate) our conscious vision is, especially outside the centre of our visual field.

Crowding: how the brain gets confused

Here is another example that brings us a little closer to how these phenomena are investigated scientifically. Please focus your eyes on the + sign on the left, and try to identify the letter on the right of it (of course you know already what it is, but pretend for the moment that you do not):

Image of a plus sign on the left and an A on the right.
Illusion 1. TCUK, CC BY-SA

You might find this a bit tricky, but you can probably still identify the letter as an “A”. But now focus your eyes on the following +, and try to identify the letters on the right:

Image of a plus sign on the left and JRWTS on the right.
Illusion 2. TCUK, CC BY-SA

In this case, you’ll probably struggle to identify the letters. It probably looks like a mess of features to you. Or maybe you feel like you can see a jumble of curves and lines, without being able to say precisely what’s there. This is called “crowding”. Our visual system sometimes does OK at identifying objects in our peripheral vision, but when those objects are placed near other objects, it struggles. This is a shocking limitation on our conscious vision. The letters are clearly presented right in front of us. But still our conscious mind gets confused.

Crowding is a hotly debated topic in philosophypsychology and neuroscience. We’re still not sure why crowding happens. One popular theory is that it’s a failure of what’s called “feature integration”. To understand feature integration, we will need to pick apart some of the jobs that your visual system does.

Imagine you are looking at a blue square and a red circle. Your visual system does not just have to detect the properties out there (blueness, redness, circularity, squareness). It also has to work out which property belongs to which object. This might not seem like a complicated task to us. However, in the visual brain, this is no trivial matter.

It takes a lot of complicated computation to work out that circularity and redness are properties of one object at the same location. The visual system needs to “glue” together the circularity and the redness as both belonging to the same object, and do the same with blueness and squareness. This gluing process is feature integration.

Photo by Chris Henry on Unsplash

According to this theory, what happens in crowding is that the visual system detects the properties out there, but it can’t work out which properties belong to which object. As a result, what you see is a big mess of features, and your conscious mind cannot differentiate one letter from the others.

New illusion

Recently, we have discovered a new visual illusion that has raised a host of new questions for fans of crowding. We tested what happens when three of the objects are identical, for example in the following case:

Image of a plus sign on the left and TTT on the right.
Illusion 3. TCUK, CC BY-SA

What do you see when you look at the +? We found that more than half of people said that there were only two letters there, rather than three. Indeed, follow-up work seems to indicate that they’re pretty confident about this incorrect judgment.

This is a surprising result. Unlike normal crowding, it’s not that you see a jumble of features. Rather, one whole letter neatly drops away from consciousness. This result fits poorly with the feature integration theory. It’s not that the visual system is detecting all of the properties out there, but just getting confused about which properties belong to which objects. Rather, one whole object has just disappeared.

We don’t think that a failure of feature integration is what’s going on. Our theory is that this illusion is due to what we call “redundancy masking”. In our view, the visual system can detect that there are several of the same letter out there, but it doesn’t seem to calculate correctly how many there are. Maybe it’s just not worth the energy to work out the number of letters with high precision.

When we open our eyes, we effortlessly get a conscious picture of our environment. However, the underlying processes that go into creating this picture are anything but effortless. Illusions like redundancy masking help us unpick how these processes work, and ultimately will help us explain consciousness itself.”

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Badminton Mentality


While I am visiting social media sites, I am interested to find out what people think about all things badminton. I would like to know how people see and feel badminton and what it means to them.

My gut tells me that I have found something strange and my observations seem like backing it up.

There is a surging demand to answer the question and with the lack of sufficient answers and then buried back down for months or years.

This is a question that people might think is trivial.

This looks easy to answer at first glance but in fact, it is so difficult and you can quickly lose yourself in the diversity of all the related topics without an actual answer for the original question.

What mentality is?

Your openness on the connecting topics determines how deep your understanding could be on mindset.

I wanted to have a go, to understand it since I discovered its importance of it. I believe I get it.

Now I want to extensively describe what it means to me. Deliberate consciousness of a person about life.

First of all, there is no absolute way to measure and inspect a badminton mindset as it is happening.

There are signs of it when it is lacking or going well but cannot be measured as it is continuously growing or shirking at every second driven by your current emotions and your environment.

I have had a poll on a social media site to find out what people generally think about mindset in badminton. It shows that we kinda get it but not exactly.

The thing is that we are not on the same page and that is why we need explanations on that matter.

Badminton Mindset Poll Results

Aspects of badminton

I believe every sport have 4 main aspects (and many-many sub-aspects) which are describing the whole concept of specific sporting activity.

If you are proficient in a sport, you probably can understand most aspects of it by reading this explanation. However, I cannot guarantee that you`ll be a professional mindset owner at the end of this article.

But you can get a strong, basic understanding of what it is and you might find out the way how could it work for you.

The first confusing thing is that you CAN have a strong mentality without being conscious of its structure or without being conscious of having it.

The foundation of our mindset is coming from our parents, close and broad relatives. Later on, your teachers and coaches try to complete your mindset to make you a successful person.

After them, you take over and define what it is supposed to mean for you and when you are stuck you go back to those roots to discover illogical statements and actions to get back on track.

But it will not last for so long, it is continuously changing so your mentality may become complete for a period but not for so long.

You need more challenge and experience how to keep your flexibility and adopt a new situation with your current understanding of a problem.

You will then learn new ways of possible solutions through these processes.

Strange thing

Badminton enthusiasts talk about 3 main things: Equipment, Techniques, Tactics in a wide range of variations involving top players or themselves.

What I found during my research, that the people who only talk about these topics are missing crucial things to sense ALL things badminton.

You can have a great conversation about their views on badminton equipment, techniques and tactics. There are so many things to talk about here so it is not a surprise if they can tell you new and exciting things.

So to speak, if someone is proficient in techniques, you can have a great talk about how you can do it better or how to learn a type of shot.

The same applies to tactics. All the other badminton-related topics are less likely to be on the plate when it comes to badminton small talk.

My observation is that most people are stuck on these 3 topics and the social media platforms are already having some questions that are challenging these currently dominating subjects.

People FEEL that these three aspects do not make up the whole picture.

I am conscious, that we are missing a lot out if we are only focusing on these. There is much more here we ought to investigate.

Based on my experience the main aspects are:

aspects of badminton

Badminton techniques

I think it is the most identical field of all sports. The movements are pretty much representing the outlook of the sport, therefore it is unquestionably the easiest to recognise.

There are many kinds of them and everybody prefers somehow different techniques based on the motion range limits of their body parts, inherited muscle memories, body preferences, etc.

The teaching methods and developing exercises have endless variations.

Everybody has their own favourite way of executions of their favourite drills/tasks at and from every physical point on the court to neutralize or attack the opponent in the most common situations or how to practice defensive movements, etc.

There are comfortable ones, efficient ones, stamina challenging ones and physically and tactically risky ones. It depends on what you think is best for you or for your players.

These methods can change many times when you start the sport and they can also change consciously or unconsciously over time. It all depends on how you feel about the sport of badminton the most.

I encourage every one of the ways of development exercises until it`s not hurting the athlete.

Badminton tactics

This is the topic that makes the whole game exciting. It makes you feel like you are being in a battle.

You need to know what techniques you like and dislike to apply on the court and then you should observe the same to your opponent and build up your rally goals, set goals and match goals accordingly.

If you are a good player you will do the planning before the match. But…

If you are a pro, no matter what you have planned, you will change it if you need to.

You must think in advance about how to put your opponent under the pressure of your most vicious shots.

This is the birthplace of mind-blowing situations and great achievements over others. As I`ve found out throughout surfing online, this is the most favourite topic of most enthusiasts.

I would not say that “this is overrated” because it is not, it is really important and a lovely topic.

But we must admit that the whole thing does not stop here.

There are many more to talk about which are vastly affecting the outcome of the first two aspects, the techniques and the tactics. Let`s see the next big aspect.

Badminton recovery

My approach is that we are supposed to see the scientific areas of our body management from the point of view that matters the most for an athlete.

The pace of recovery to practice more is what matters most.

In my understanding, there are 4 domains of this huge aspect I use to cluster my thoughts about recovery.

1. Medical domain

It is about learning how to listen to your body`s need and how to heal it if you can.

What you can heal and what cannot? When to involve a professional? Is it a major or minor injury? How to ease soreness? Etc.

You can learn from your Baddies, friends, and family. Everybody has their own methods and they believe they are right and they want to help you do their best advice.

What is best for your body may differ compared to others.

It has many cases where athletes can learn what their body needs to build back up as fast as it is possible with no professional treatment.

However, sometimes you must meet a professional who knows what to do exactly to heal your body with the less possible side effects. You can also learn from your Physio how to fix/avoid your minor injuries next time.

2. Nutritional domain

It is about the continuous observation and the discovery of your digestion and the type, the amount of food your body prefers to build back to the shape where you have been before the physical stress you get on a training.

You must observe and learn how your body reacts to the food you eat, so be brave and try the ones as well you do not like at the moment.

Dare to change your diet for the sake of your performance and remember WHY you need to change it. What benefits it will deliver?

Maybe your body likes different things, unlike your taste buds.

The amount of training you can take could be further enhanced with the food you eat.

So it is one of the most important skills of an athlete who wants to succeed to eat what is best for the body.

Food biodiversity and biocomplexity are key for a healthy athlete!

Try to eat as many types of fruit/veg/meat as available in your country (no need for foreign food) and if possible, eat them as a whole.

For instance, do not peel an apple eat it as is. You can eat cooked vegetables, but make sure raw fruit/veg is also on a plate daily.

The more naturally complex your food is, it will be the more nutritious it.

3. Active and passive rest domain

It is important to stay away from some type of activities to prevent unnecessary risk of injury (like extreme sports or any other sport considered risky by your parents or your coach).

It is also essential to do other sports diversely which could enhance your body and eventually positively affect your footwork, reactions, stamina, mindset, etc. so all your valuable badminton skills overall.

Another type of sport can make you a stronger and more resilient badminton player

These supportive sports could be like running, cycling and almost all type of swimming. (Avoid breaststroke, its leg technique is actually bad for a badminton knee). Hiking, aerobic, cricket or other non-contact sports.

4. Sleeping domain

Using your phone before going to bed actually makes you fidget.

It takes at least half an hour without a screen before you can start sleeping according to the International Olympic Committee`s online course about recovery, access the course here.

It might affect the whole sleeping experience and you will wake up tired and your mood could ruin your whole day.

I can confirm that from my personal life as a player and as a father, for sure, how much better the next day is if I had a good night sleep.

I have my preferred time when to go to bed and what is the minimum time I need to sleep without disturbance.

My memory is lacking if my sleeping time is insufficient, therefore a good night sleep helps me memorize things faster.

If you consider yourself as a mentally healthy human you might only need to focus on your off-screen time to make your sleeping habits decent.

If you think you are experiencing something worse and need external help, there are professionals out there who could advise what to change and how to cope mentally to solve the sleeping problem/insomnia and hopefully you can avoid taking pills.

Sleeping quality can be enhanced by sports psychologists, clinical psychologists or sleeping experts who could help you how to release stress on and off the court.

They can help you to solve your fears and doubts and increase your level of acceptance over your mistakes or other circumstances where you have no impact. Whatever is your case, ask for their help.

Badminton mentality

This is the most confusing and also the most unknown part of all sports. Mindset is a way of thinking as they say.

But it could not be more vague and confusing than this. Actually, this sentence does more harm to the mindset of people than the genuine help it could give.

Whoever said that did not realise the damage it will cause.

Mindset is not something we ought to simplify that much, so I recreated this sentence to give more sense to it.

Mentality is a way of a constant evaluation of how you think.

Some people say think positive and this is what it takes. Or someone has a good attitude and a bad attitude which cannot change over time.

Some people think that it is about tactics only. And they could be both right and wrong. It depends on what they mean under their explanation about tactics.

But, at the end of the day, we need to see mindset at its core and understand that all the tactical decisions and all the technical executions are run by memories and emotions which are not necessarily following logic.

That is one reason why we must accept our mistakes because our decisions are not necessarily following logic. Believe me, this is critical to accept.

The conscious way is to observe all your emotions and then your reactions in detail to be able to change your behaviour. The unconscious way is the same and requires the same effort.

This is an independent subject matter and also a part of everything.

Why is it important to realise that?

Performance psychologists think about mindset on an emotional level and it is not limited to tactical decision-making methods on the court.

For instance, “I will hit the shuttle that way to win a point against this opponent” or “I do this shot to create an attacking position to myself”.

Those are tactical decisions and will not determine how the decision-maker will feel about the shot before or as it happens.

Tactical decision making is an outcome, not the source of mentality.

Mindset is much more about vulnerability, fears, shame, regret, frustration, trust, just to mention a few.

It is about my feelings and the way I can handle them to keep my performance consistently high.

Basic example

You are an advanced player and learning a new shot (it doesn`t matter what level you are at right now…). It is new to you, you have never performed it before and you are excited.

You have seen how it should look on the court, you have got the key points to focus on. Now is the time to practice.

You`re not sure if you physically feel the right thing in your arms and is your footwork proper?

You would think:

“Does that look right? Because it definitely feels funny. It`s pathetic. I`ve been playing for ……. years and I have never struggled that much, ever. Why can`t I hit the shuttle right, I do what I have been told. Am I? Damn you, teammate, how could you do this? I can`t get it. I can`t achieve this on my own. Am I a failure?”

After that, you will get some tactical goals about when you should apply this shot and now you are overwhelmed with too many new things in a relatively short time.

Patience can only bring you through on this. Try it all over again and again until you succeed. You will.

At that time the narrative in your head will start evaluating your emotions and will tell you how you should feel about this shot. I mean like: “It feels bad. Keep going.

Or when you finally get it “It is better. Goes where and how I want it. Keep it. Feels good. Practice more!”

For a mad badminton enthusiast, the narrative could be even more describe how they want to feel during a shot.


We are all narrators. The voice is there for all, no need to be a scientist to start observing how the voice will react under pressure and how it is evaluating positive outcomes.

The narrative will not cause damage if you can balance it. Remember, consciousness brings success, so you must become conscious if you guess you are struggling with mental strength.

Common example:

“I will hit this shot like Lee Chong Wei does. I will be LCW on that shot”

This may mean to you relentless, dominant, aggressive, offensive, or something abstract, etc. or all of them or none of them).

Unguided narratives can cause serious damage to performance. If a player overplays a shot or overuse a mental skill (e.g. Lin Dan is always aggressive, I will be Lind Dan on this match) it can lead to a loss of point, or sets or huge defeat.

For instance, your coach asks you to execute a task on the court and is telling you how to do it and you say: “Okay coach” but you think “I gonna do this in a Lin Dan style.”

In this case, the outcome will be something different compared to what has been asked.

It looks like we are pairing a package of emotions and feelings to situations where we are performing particular motions, particular shots and preferred directions of our shots in this situation.

Are you struck by a new thought, I was.

Do I pair emotion(s) to shots?

Does that mean that every split-step, footwork or shot I make has its own emotion or emotions? How many this could be? How could I feel that many things in a relatively short period of time?

Have you ever felt fancy when you did a movement that you think is really cool and you looked like a pro?

Do you feel during shadowing that the same rhythm of movements together is like a flow of emotions? Musicians may say it feels like a song. Or something beautifully flowing?

I realized that I love following the patterns.

I feel kinda relaxed and happy when I do shadowing, maybe I am just weird, but it is a satisfying sequence of movements without pressure.

I feel like I am exercising martial arts where the movements are practised without an actual fight.

Breathless, heavy heartbeats seasoned with muscle pain composed by the joy of doing my moves with zero stress until I can cope. I love it. Can you relate?


Believe it or not, equipment is creating a part of our mindset. In the early stages, it carries more importance than later on. Equipment can affect our performance but a strong mindset can overcome this barrier. I know this will be the most attacked part of my theory, so the coming years of articles and pieces of evidence will fade the rage around this topic.


Emotions make it super hard to compete but if you can evaluate them right, those will bring you success.

Works like a sword with double edges. Works both ways, the same thing can bring you up or down.

Your relationship with those emotions will decide which shot will go over or which tactics will work for you.

Mindset can also affect your stamina, heart rate, vital capacity, acidity level within your muscles, digestion, recovery… basically everything.

The way of thinking about your performance, yourself, your opponent, and the whole game will determine the outcome of the game before it starts.

Trust, honesty, flexibility, and bouncebackability are here to shape the performance you can believe in.

Accepting your vulnerability, forgiving yourself and then trusting your skills and yourself will give you the mental strength to overcome your fears whether you win or lose.

Mindset is part of everything and it is still a stand-alone topic.

Basic knowledge of equipment is important but this is not the secret component of success in badminton.

Mindset is there to support your technique, it is helping you to focus on tactics, and it is with you when you decide what food you eat to recover faster, and which ancillary sport you should do to become a resilient player.

It is there when you decide which shoes you will need and what racket would be best for you.

It is there when you decide to go to bed and it is with you when you feel vulnerable or among fears and you need something or someone you can trust.

All I want to say is that mindset should come first and most importantly:

Consciousness brings success.

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Why you feel right after hit that your shot will be wrong or right


When I first met this sensation long before this article on Science alert, I did not understand it. It confused me really.

How is that possible that I made a shot, the shuttle just left my racket and I knew it will be out or in? I knew it before it passed the net towards my opponent`s court.

I was thinking about it how to make an advantage of it. I mean I could not describe it to anyone what it really is but I knew it is real.

I felt it in every direction, at every type of touches to the shuttle whether it is a tap, push or a whip-like movement.

I knew it before it has landed like at least 90% accuracy. Years passed and then last year this article came towards me and I felt like DAMN! I knew it! 😀

It has an undesired effect on mindset because your calculation based on your sensation is right most of the time so a mistake can pull you down even when still there is a chance to be wrong and carry on with the rally.

Anyway, it is real everybody, proven by science. Read their article below or check it out on their website here.

The Human Brain Can Locate The Sensation of Touch Even Beyond The Body. Here’s How


Our brains are capable of detecting the location of touch even when it’s not directly on the body, new research shows. An intriguing new study indicates that we can sense how an object we’re holding comes into contact with something else – almost as if it were an extension of ourselves.

If you’re holding a stick that you then use to tap something else, for example, the brain appears to activate a special set of neural sensors to work out what just happened using the vibration patterns as they’re sent through our nervous system.

Of course if something we’re holding is touched, we can feel the shift in pressure as it’s passed on to our fingers – but this latest study shows how we can also figure out the exact location of the contact on the object.

“The tool is being treated like a sensory extension of your body,” neuroscientist Luke Miller, from the University of Lyon in France, told Richard Sima at Scientific American.

Across 400 different tests, Miller and his colleagues got 16 study participants to hold wooden rods, and asked them to try and determine when two taps on those rods were made in locations close to each other.

And the volunteers were surprisingly good at it: they could recognise two touches in close proximity 96 percent of the time.

During the experiments, the researchers were also using electroencephalography (EEG) equipment to record the participants’ brain activity. These scans showed that the brain uses similar neural mechanisms – specifically in the primary somatosensory cortex and the posterior parietal cortex – to detect touches on both our own skin and on objects we’re holding.

We can probably identify the location of a touch on an object before it stops vibrating, the researchers suggest; this could happen in as short a time as 20 milliseconds, based on computer models the team ran as a follow-up to the main experiment.

This isn’t a completely new idea – think of visually impaired people using a cane to sense what’s around them – but no one has previously looked into what’s happening in the brain in so much detail before.

It seems that the brain is able to decode the vibrations as they come through certain nerve endings in our skin, called the Pacinian receptors. By receiving information from these receptors in our hands, the brain parts responsible can then figure out where an object is being hit – and the researchers think we may have even adapted the way we hold tools to get better feedback on what those tools are doing.

One area where this research might be useful is in changing the way prostheses are designed: if we understand how objects between the body and the rest of the world can pass on information to our brain, we might be able to make them work better as sensors.

The work builds on previous research from the same team into how objects can act as extensions to our body, but now we know more about what’s going on inside the brain when this weird phenomenon happens.

“We show that tools are fundamental to human behaviour in a previously underappreciated way: they expand the somatosensory boundaries of our body at the neural level,” write the researchers in their published paper.

“Hence, rather than stopping at the skin, our results suggest that somatosensory processing extends beyond the nervous system to include the tools we use.”

The research has been published in Current Biology.

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Having a relationship within a pair


I think this is a topic we must take the courage to talk about. This can sensitively affect players’ lives but if we keep silent, even worse affections can happen in young people`s lives without any kind of narrative or control to direct them in such a decision.

I am personally not against love or a relationship so please don`t get me wrong.

I am a person who takes performance goals seriously and gets annoyed if someone wants to turn my passion into another direction.

Badminton, as any other sport requires a clear mind and what love doing with us is just the absolute opposite.

This article is about the relationship between doubles partners. Sometimes, they may start a relationship with each other and these always have side effects on their performance.

How do good mixed doubles pairs meet?

Have you ever wondered at any time of your career: How do good pairs meet each other?

And then you are struck by a bunch of related questions, like “Have they met at the same club?” They must be very lucky if they are originated from the same club.

Was that an easy and quick thing to figure out that they`re a match? Who found this out? Was the coach or their parents?

How much time they have spent with each other before they have reached their first big title?

What if that no one is good enough to me in my club to thrive or what if I am not good enough to deserve a good pair throughout my whole career?

Is my coach good enough in finding someone who could be my match or even find out the fact that I am special whether if I am currently performing low?

How could I meet someone who is as determined as me in badminton?

I found a good example of a top-level duo here, read it and watch it carefully because it is mentioning some vital things:

(Yuta Watanabe, male player) “I started playing when I was seven because both my parents played badminton and baseball, so I wanted to try both. My badminton was better, so I decided to stick to that.

I didn’t play very well in elementary school or junior high, but I became No. 1 in the whole of Japan in my first year of high school. That was a very special feeling; being No. 1 and I wanted to keep being the best, so I turned professional.”

“My mixed doubles partner, Arisa Higashino, and I went to the same high school but she’s a year older than me. We are really good friends and I can talk to her about anything… I don’t have anything I dislike about her. She’s perfect.”

I would be going to this idea that their level of respect in each other`s direction is sky high and that sounds like a good start.

Respect, based on the Cambridge dictionary is admiration felt or shown for someone or something that you believe has good ideas or qualities.

See more here. Another dictionary emphasized the word as the esteem of the other. I believe, first, you should esteem yourself and second, now you are okay to find another person who can reflect the same towards your direction.

What makes a mixed pair a good pair?

Their technical proficiency or their tactical intelligence?

Physical abilities are important to reach a good level of technical proficiency.

You must be able to perform shots with a sustainably efficient technique during a game to save energy but maintain accuracy.

Physical abilities are also responsible for avoiding mistakes related to stamina and strength.

There are things you can control, like racket carriage, movements, the orientation of the body, but you have limited impact on your other physical abilities like your vision (how your eye functions as an organ) or other conditions which could affect your physical performance (ocular/visual migraine, asthma, lung or heart conditions, overall flexibility just to mention a few).

Tactical intelligence is a way of learning the paths of how the opponent`s playing badminton and how can you place them into your favourite or most effective situations.

Where you can perform at your best. Whether the opponent is well-known or an unknown.

The lack of physical abilities can cause numerous tactical mistakes like impatience, overuse of shots, change of intensity or becoming defensive instead of maintaining an aggressive style.

But what I believe elevates a good badminton pair above average is their similar badminton mindset.

Similar beliefs, similar goals and similar attitudes bring them together to reach higher levels together, get great achievements and incredible titles as a team.

Another example where Kim Dong Moon has married his former mixed doubles partner Ra Kyung-min, and in July 2007 they have a son named Han-Wool.

They have had a wonderful career see here and here. They have had reached many titles and fought many great fights.

They did not come out on top every time but caught the momentum quite a lot of times. These kinds of successful relationships are seldom where badminton is played on the highest levels with top wins, like the World Championships.

Strong mindset makes good pairs outstanding.

If you have seen lots of badminton tournaments in some part of the world at International Challenge stages then you could see there are good players with beautiful and exciting techniques and admiring tactics but they are usually exiting the tournaments at early stages, or at least not reaching the finals.

So they are never going to reach the top. Mindset is not thought of widely at early ages so children often grow up without the correct mindset.

They are not groomed properly by their coaches or their governing body is overlooked in this aspect of the sport.

Another topic regarding mindset not heard enough in badminton is mental fatigue which eventually creates technical or tactical mistakes.

If these situations are misdiagnosed, they are only creating more frustration and the player eventually decides to reduce stress and then give it up. This is how we squandering the next generation.

So when a good pair is met, how they think about the game, how much they respect each other will determine their professional relationship in work.

You know, the soft skills, not the technical ones. Their current self may not be a good match but it could change over time by applying the right guidance.

The coach`s job is to understand its players on a deeper, emotional level and match them accordingly.

OMG, what is this feeling I am under when I play with him/her?

During my time in Budapest, we have had club nights at Uni every single weeknight. I remember once when I was going to training that some of the players started some gossips that someone saw someone else with another guy somewhere (you know how gossip are evolving..) and they have done some things with each other.

I always ignored these topics as I thought that we were all here to do badminton (I was obviously mistaken at that time…). I was the badminton geek of them so I suppressed instantly every topic like that and started to focus back on badminton.

I love the sport so much that I could hardly focus on anything else.

That tells the story about my early relationships…

Anyway, when I played singles, I was fell in love with someone and I remember how did that affect my performance.

When you are young and foolish, you may think “I play well/bad because of the other“, but later on (sometimes too lately) you realise that it was you all the time who made that performance brilliant/terrible and the partner should not be blamed.

When you made the decision that you will start a relationship with someone else outside badminton or a teammate, you need to understand that the other might slow down your development or might end your career, unintentionally and unconsciously.

But when love happens it is soooooo intense. You cannot think of anything else. You will turn into a romance on the court, instead of getting more aggressive and agile in your work during training.

Love will block you to focus on things whether if it is important to you anyway. It is affecting every aspect of life that requires focus. Your performance on and off school, even walking on the street could become unsafe.

The excitement of a new type of connection shifting the ground and changing everything. Especially when there are girls or boys watching each other for a period of time and finally they just get a chance to open to a new stage of proximity.

Because it is unknown territory, they think this is love – and it might be – but most of the time they are rather confused about sexual attraction. Which is not love. Believe me, for an athlete, it must be clear.

As I expressed before that I am not against love or a relationship at these ages, but if you have goals and those are important to you, you should consider whether you want a relationship or a career in badminton. Sooner or later it will affect your performance for sure.

Life is hard and this situation will only make it harder. It is a different thing when you have someone, who does support you on your road, let you focus and train, no matter what and those someone will promote your goals in front of the relationship.

So I believe it works better if nothing else is considered serious in your life.

Of course, it does open up another chapter of an athlete`s life and it will be detailed in another post.

The effect of top-level badminton on us

The current top-level of badminton has a direct effect on the coming generations and how the conquering athletes behave on and off the court, what they are doing with their lives creates thousands of followers.

So top-level players can be inspiring and also unknowingly destructive.

I personally do not recommend to anyone who has dreams to perform at the highest level, to start a relationship with their partner.

It eventually makes it hard to be with the other, losing your personal time and space, precious spots and a nice situation start getting into a choking one.

It is vital to start discussing it early and teach kids this is not the way of reaching the top of badminton.

For athletes, there are lots of things they need to focus on: nutrition, sleep times, personal recovery techniques, periods and their consequences on performance (girls/women), training preferences, sexual appetite, coaching preferences because of their own learning methods.

If they start a relationship with their pair then they will try caring more with the other for the sake of love and forgot their own goals and needs. For a sports career, this might become a nightmare or a disaster.

“Owi is like a brother to me”

Quoting from the legendary Liliyana Natsir who paired up with Tontowi Ahmad and won the Olympics and many more top titles.

One thing to be attracted by the other, feel some vibe, can ease the pain sometimes and feels good.

But it is another thing to start living with her/him with all the unknown behaviours which will eventually make difficulties within the pair and it will definitely affect their performance.

It is okay if the coach and the pair find a consensus on how to manage this situation what can happen and cannot happen in the training sessions and at tournaments.

If they set up all the rules early, and everybody agrees to keep them, then it could be okay for a while but it does not mean that these kinds of situations will not reappear.


Love is important. Such as badminton.

Remember why you want to reach your dream.

It is confusing and you need to make the decision to give up your career and win love in turn or chase away feelings and focus on the thing you really want the most. Avoid mixing them.

On the road to great achievements, you can have some exciting moments if those will not risk your performance in the long run.

Try to know more about each other in line with respect, brotherhood/sisterhood. Cooperate openly and honestly, talk about strengths and weaknesses.

When you share sensitive things it doesn`t mean you ought to share the bedroom.

Train together in a gym and on the court for the goal both of you want to achieve. Talk about mutual goals, the future steps and walk that road instead of a path through the swamp.

Having a relationship with a teammate or such is not the way to become a top player.

Top-level badminton relationships without a proper narrative could cause mid and low-level badminton problems within a badminton society/generation.

Practice and commitment must come first to reach the top. In love, you may reach one incredible performance which is great but not consistent.

Sorry, a single outstanding performance cannot justify the relationship.

As the first step, a relationship will take away from your recovery time and eventually start claiming your training times.

Love is beautiful, so is high-performance badminton.

Avoid regrets and ask your coach, mom or dad, but if you are in a situation, speak up for advice if badminton is precious to you.

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What athletes need to say about recovery


I have seen recently an informative documentary about how a predominantly plant-based diet can help you to reach your athletic performance and I realized I have seen this message before.

In the first video below you can find a guy who is mad at nutrition and performance. In the second video, you can see the documentary about a guy who got seriously injured and looking after the ways how to speed up his recovery.

Both are exciting! If you are keen on veggies and also keen on the performance and its development factors then check them out!

There are many myths that are debunked in these videos about eating meat or being tired because of insufficient amount of nutrients, protein and carbohydrate consumed from plants.

I would like to emphasize that a healthy diet must be based on planning until it turns into good practice.

Do not turn your meals instantly plant-based without learning about it what is protein, why do you need it and the same with carbohydrates, nutrients, vitamins!

You can and you may consume less meat periodically as you will find out the predominantly plant-based diet is actually serving your body and mind better.

All I am saying is to make the transition slow to bring out the best from you without injuries.

Find your athletic edge

Brendan Brazier at TEDxFremont finding the answer to how to become a better athlete.

The Game Changers

A UFC fighter’s world is turned upside down when he discovers an elite group of world-renowned athletes and scientists who prove that everything he had been taught about protein was a lie.

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Support our teachers


I found an inspiring content on LinkedIn which describes the difficulties of teachers these days. I hope they can all get into a position soon which will be less challenging on the virus and more challenging on fixing the climate.

Find the original post here on LinkedIn.

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Shuttle time!


I thought I need to start creating content for the future collaborations with teachers in South Warrington.

There is an international initiative called “Shuttle time” which aim to “Giving every child the chance to play for life”.

In 2012 BWF launched Shuttle Time to the world.

A schools badminton programme supporting the principle that children should lead a healthy and active life, both in and out of school.

BWF’s goal is to make badminton one of the world’s most popular and accessible school sports.

Please see below their promotional video and find out more here.

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An example of ACL tear – Carolina Marin

Carolina Marin ACL tear

Carolina Marin is an Olympic champion (2016 Rio), three-time World champion (2014, 2015 and 2018), four-time European champion and former World’s No. 1 in BWF rankings for women’s singles. She holds the World No. 1 title for a record number of 66 weeks.

During the Daihatsu Indonesian Masters 2019, when Marin leads the finals with 9-2 against Saina Nehwal.

She was retiring from the tournament as a result of ACL injury (tear of the anterior cruciate ligament). On clear observation of her play, the reason for the injury could be answered.

Below is critical analytics from a sports science perspective, done on her play and the contributing factors which resulted in the injury.

Several times in the course of her gaming career she has been playing the attacking overhead shorts. But this time the result was ACL injury.

The injury took place during an overhead attacking smash/ drive, but she has played these particular shorts many times.

Analytical description about the injury: Marin played a forehand attacking drive from the rear corner and opponent pushed the shuttle to right side midcourt.

Marin went for an attacking smash with massive hop (about 1.5 meters) from the right foot from the midcourt to the right side of the court and landed on the right foot.

She landed on the heel with the extended knee (stiff leg landing), which produced the greater Vertical ground reaction force.

Stiff leg landing with heel contact first along with knee extension are all the factors which contribute to a non-contact ACL injury.

Another contributing factor is the flexion and abduction moment at the hip and forward translation of the body with shifting of weight to the right side during the landing created a resultant force.

This resultant force and GRF (Ground Reaction Force) collectively caused for the more valgus (28°) at the knee joint. This collectively resulted in the ACL injury.

How can we prevent this injury?

When an injury occurring at top badminton players, it is often complex and cannot be explained easily.

Lots of factors can happen like, not enough previous rest times causing tiredness, other mental factors causing loss of focus, nutritional fails (carbohydrate filling), overtraining.

That’s all about top badminton. I am specifically not mentioning bad techniques at top players as these bad movements are already fixed in their early careers.

But, if we talk about amateur and leisure badminton players, this could be one of, if not the most relevant cause of the injury. When we are getting into the intensity of the game and feel forceful and unbeatable we tend to go above and beyond unnecessarily.

We want to discover what else could be done, right? So we will try slightly new things – deliberately to rival or coincidentally – which were not properly learned and thoroughly practised.

We do not want to lose so we will improvise the solutions which could end positively or unluckily. We tend to forget that our tendons, ligaments and joints need more time then muscles to train.

It means, when you try a new movement with full force, you often risking an injury. It differs for everybody but my observation is that I need at least twice as many times for the joint to cope with a newly learned movement.

It also means that if I want to build muscles, I need to slow down, not using weights, only my body weight and try to find an exercise which carefully trains the movement supporters (tendons, ligaments, joints) whilst you also train the movement triggers (muscles).

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Stories shared on Mindset Blog about injuries are for information only and those are a record of how did the author of the article get a specific injury or avoided one. These posts cannot be used as a proposed treatment. Always follow what your Physio or Sports Doctor advising/prescribing to you. Sunrise Badminton Network assumes no responsibility or liability for any loss or damage suffered by the use or misuse of any of the information or content in the above post.

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It’s not like we are going to the Olympics, so there is no need to take this seriously


Badminton is about to find joy in playing with someone using a shuttle, the racket and all the milieu it provides.

Sounds, movements, the intensity of the rally, short breath, high blood pressure, sweating, other body sensations.

Those all together make it fun, exciting and memorable. Minimum 2 people required to play the game means badminton is about connection.

The sport itself can create lots of connections which could eventually become a friendship. It provides lots of time together with others you will remember for life.

Through the training sessions, you will get disciplines which will help you through tough times even after your sports career.

You may not be the best in the world, but you can become the person you always wanted to be.

“We” (parents) are not doing the sport. “He” or “she” is. And remember that 2 per cent rate for NCAA scholarships?

That statistic suddenly looks like a sure thing compared to the Olympics. So, you are correct, your child is not going to the Olympics.

I say this not because I don’t think your child is talented. I say this because almost nobody’s child is going to the Olympics; so, the odds are that I am correct.

Your child takes a sport seriously to learn discipline, how to be part of something bigger than herself and to challenge herself physically and emotionally.

The process of taking it seriously is the gift of the sport. Joining a team teaches responsibility and commitment. Don’t lose that valuable lesson for your child.

See the rest of the article here. The above post is written by Anne Josephson. Further information available at

The picture was captured from the famous Japanese TV show – Hanebado.

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The central role of parents in youth sports


I would like to share an important message that comes from a coach-educator and a true believer of the parent-coach relationship which we adopt and start to promote once we can get back to the courts. Here is the part of his message:

“As coaches we need to recognise that the parents contribute a great deal and play an essential role.

Without parental support, the opportunities afforded to kids to participate in youth sports become far more limited.

In some cases, participation is just not viable when parental support is not available or forthcoming.

There is however a sweet spot when it comes to parental involvement.

On the one hand, parental support is crucial in affording the young athlete the opportunity to participate and pursue their goals in the sport.

On the other, parental involvement can be a source of friction and may add to the pressure of competing, with adverse consequences in terms of both the young athlete’s experience and their participation in the long term.

The degree of influence that parents have on the young athlete’s experience when participating in youth sports is significant and is akin to that of a coach.

As talent identification processes become more evolved, notably the recent shift to consider ‘psychological talent predictors’, it follows that examination of parental support and the health of the athlete-parent relationship likewise represent critical factors for sporting organisations to consider for selection.

From my own experience overseeing academy and youth programmes in both professional sport and with national sporting organisations, we gave a great deal of attention to evaluating the parents as one of the critical success factors used to assess young athletes’ long term potential.

Our evaluation of parental involvement and influence in different cases ranged from potential liability to major prospective asset.

Given the crucial role of the parent in the process, it seems nonsensical that whilst we cater for the education of sport coaches, we do not typically equip parents with the awareness and understanding to operate successfully in this space.

More enlightened individuals and groups have started to make efforts to address the lack of resources directed towards parents, but this movement is still very much in its infancy.”

See the rest of the article can be found here. The above post is written by Gordon MacLelland. Further information available at

We, at Sunrise Badminton Network, believe in the importance of this relationship and we would like to open up as many channels as we can to our strategic alliances, the Parents.

We are #strongertogether.

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A legend in numbers


I am personally not the biggest fan of any of them. I have rather enjoyed their matches and the fuss around their rivalry. But we are all different and some of you might be interested in the statistics of their achievements. In this special article, I`ve found is about Lin Dan but you can get an insight into other top players like Lee Chong Wei if you go through on their data tables. Enjoy the results of the legends era and click here!

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Meet the trick in badminton doubles never been discussed a.k.a what PVD is?


Ever wondered during a doubles game how your opponent could be there that quick at the net? Or how they could even hit the shuttle from that position? Wonder no longer, here are the answers.

What types of deceptions exist?

There are 2 types of visual deceptions or tricks exist. One is the well-known form of tricks which is spectacular and instantly eye-catching as it happens.

The first and the most common what I call Focused Visual Deception (FVD).

An FVD can happen when an athlete trying to anticipate the possible outcome of the movement of her opponent instead of keeping the focus on the shuttle and then react accordingly.

This type of trick is very popular in all disciplines as it is spectacular. The other one we will excessively talk about is the Peripheral Visual Deception (PVD).

A PVD can happen when the opponent memorising the position of a player or their racket position based on their peripheral vision and calculate their distance accordingly based on their opponents’ height adjustments and positioning.

It is not happening by our mistake, it is happening by our opponent`s consciousness

In doubles, there are lots of things to listen to while the game could be so intense so it is easy to believe in our peripheral vision and aim the shuttle where visibly there is free space.

So again, it is not happening by our mistake, it is happening by our opponent`s consciousness of their body and racket positioning.

What it is?

It is a level of consciousness of a player who deliberately positions itself low at the net or coming unexpectedly from rear visibly covered by the other player or off the sight of our vision to confuse us.

Shots from different places made the players orientate their faces to the shuttle which creates a mild or vast vision loss of the opponent`s side.

That is when the peripheral vision steps into the equation and then the visual memory of where the players were before my shot or which direction they were moving to.

When the shot happens and the player quickly get back the contact of the opponent, the player in front could catch the shuttle higher and faster as expected, creating an unforced winner situation to them which will be hard to challenge.

Furthermore, deliberate low racket positioning can also confuse the opponent and make an unexpected end of a rally.

In Zen terms: Subdue the opponent without a fight.

It is common in disciplines where a male player is incorporated as the fast pace of the rally builds up the confusion and creates a good soil for the flower of deception. It is rather rare in singles and women`s doubles.

See some examples here or here or here or here or here or here or here or and make observations. After it has been deployed it is often lead to a win the point:)

How can I avoid PVD happen to me?

First of all, based on the above video links, what observations have you made?

  • What position the trickster hold before the trick?
  • Where the other opponent was before the deception?
  • What made the player think that the opponent cannot make the shot?

This is most likely happens when a player holds a nice low position close to the net and from their opponent`s peripheral vision, it looks like he/she is far enough to hit the shuttle crosscourt at the net, make a slight push to the midcourt or just make a table-turning netshot of the rally.

What can you do to avoid? Hit more straight shots at tense situations would be a good idea for first, it could dramatically reduce the chance of PVD, however, it can slightly increase the chance of other tricks. Keep it low, keep up the pressure or dare to lift when in struggle (sometimes you better lift it up).

How can I do it?

Well, position yourself low. As low to still be able to react fast. You need to know how to rotate on court with your current partner.

You need to have a very fast arm if you want to try position your arm low and then intercept successfully.

You need to be aware of your own direction of movement and anticipate your opponent`s possible direction and their shot. It`s easy-peasy. 😀

I would make a side note of my observations that a lefty or funny-looking clothes may increase the chances of PVD. Just saying.

On the videos above, you may see lots of tall guys and you think it only works for giants, think again and click here, here, here or here. 🙂

Without any doubt it can also work for women, see here, here and here.

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Layers of trust in doubles – Describing mutual trust – part 3 of 6


The end of the previous article: “If you continue using the currently failing layer, it may create an avalanche of unnecessary risk-taking and loads of bad decisions where you will lose your precious focus on the game and the most important thing makes you strong. The trust in you, overall.”

In the previous article, we went through what kind of and how many layers of trust exist. It can differ for everybody as someone has fewer or more primary and secondary layers based on their personal preferences.

Now we are ready to take the next step where we can see what mutual trust means between two players. To make it simple, I would use a common example of level doubles.

An example story

Alicia found a partner to play doubles with, her name is Sarah. Sarah is an occasional partner from the same club, they have played sometimes before and this player is about the same age as you are.

None of them thinks that the other is good nor bad. They are neutral.

During today`s training match, there was some sensitive situation where Sarah expressed dominance which made Alicia feel a bit frustrated but relieved.

And also happened the other way round. Alicia felt lighter, the match felt easy and inspiring.

This was the moment when they decide that they want to try it again together or at least they will store a nice memory of this match related to this player.

Then the two girls start talking about things and discover that they have common interests and topics important to them.

After some sparring and matches, they told the coach that they want to play together because they feel stronger with the other.

Behind the curtain

Let`s say Alicia is coming from a mentally balanced family. Let`s say Sarah isn`t. (means that their primary level is different)

Both of them are open-minded as they love the game, wants to compete and eager to win. Their motivation can differ a lot at the beginning of their foundation and this is normal.

Both of them has good trust in their partners` abilities but at the moment they have better trust in their own as in the other one. This is the case, trust has 2 sides.

The trust Alicia has towards Sarah and the other way round. They are just realising that they no longer should only trust in their own abilities.

This thing can create a ground-shifting experience, creates a loss of confidence so it is vital to building it up together.

They need to transform their unity into another entity by talking through the strength and vulnerability of theirs which is now become the weakness or strength of their team.


Trust has layers. Your personal trust builds up your secondary and tertiary needs.

Eat, sleep, the possibility to play badminton and to be able to repeat that loop not to worry about financial threats is considered as a primary need as well as keep your body and mind healthy.

Secondary layers make a person trust in its knowledge and allowing the person to believe in possible things.

If all the layers underneath the tertiary layer are strong, it could allow the person to fight to achieve its dreams, which is impossible right now. Knowing the rules and also breaking some makes you exceptional.

End of part three. Part four coming soon.

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The layers of trust in doubles – How layers build up – part 2 of 6

The end of the previous article: “Let it happen. Accept your vulnerability and TRUST your partner`s abilities.

About trust

So what layers am I talking about? When we talk about trust, we often thinking about it as a big, intangible cloud that we have or not have at all.

The thing is, that it has layers and many sublayers. Let`s put that into words what we all feel but not thinking about it deep enough.

For instance, we are going to go to sleep at home. In our bedroom. It is most likely an environment we can trust.

We know how it looks, smells, what sounds can happen and who or what can usually enter the room. Those are the basic reasons why we trust this place.

If one of those conditions’ changes, because the cat is hungry and become annoyingly attacking, or we still can smell the dinner roast in the bedroom or we hear a strange noise because the fridge turned on, an on and on… we`ll start fidgeting.

Our brain starts calculating the chances of any possible outcomes (positive or negative) and as a result, it will create lots of hypothesises and worries about things important to us or just makes us worry or excites us and won`t let us sleep.

There are primary, secondary and tertiary layers. It is easy to replace quickly a secondary or tertiary layer, but it is hard to replace a primary one.

It needs time and effort. Let`s see an example. If you are in a tournament and your string torn during a rally, it is easy to replace it with the same racket and string tension.

Why? You know you have trained with this racket. You feel it. This is the perfect extension of you.

You know that your knowledge layer shouldn`t be affected by the change.

Your muscles and you vision have been trained how to drop at the net, how much effort your whole arm needs to use to a drop shot or a cross-court drop.

When you see a this kind of trajectory of the shuttle what else you need to do differently to perform this shot effectively.

You built up trust in your motor and visual skills. Now it works like a charm with this racket, with this grip and at that tension.

But what if you have only one of these rackets with these abilities and if it broke you need to play with one you don`t know? So what will happen inside your mind during the match with an unknown racket?


You`ve got loads of narratives like:

  • “Does that new racket affecting my game?” (Questioning knowledge)
  • “I will look like a bad player if I play badly after the racket swap! (panic)”
  • “It can`t happen, I`ve trained hard, is it all gone now?”
  • “Am I a fail?” (Questioning Identity)
  • “No, I am not, if I fail it is because of the racket.” (Protecting Identity and knowledge with creating an excuse)

After those, you can decide, (breathing) Ok let`s try it out the racket:

  • “Clears are smooth” (feeling lucky, not knowledgeable)
  • That was a terrible net shot” (impatience)
  • Good smash, at least this remains driven by me (untrusted knowledge at some shots)
  • Drives are flat and quick, I`m not slower!” (ray of light on trusting knowledge)
  • Another terrible net shot” (Forcing down our own trust in our knowledge by anger, losing focus)
  • Come on, you are better than this!” (Disappointment, anger, challenged knowledge)
  • Why this one landed in the net? (Confused, disappointed, ashamed)
  • Another mistake!” (Anger, low level of trust, just about giving up)
  • And missed it again. (mistrust in knowledge)
  • I can`t win with this one. This racket is awful!” (Complete abdication)

A change is like that doesn`t look big but it may turn into a whirlpool of misery, depending on how different the replacement racket is.

How the player trusts its own knowledge and Identity will determine how much distraction this person`s focus can bare in a situation at a game.

Every little thing and condition could building up the overall trust in the layers and every little distraction can break it a bit down and create virtually unbeatable obstacles.

If anything changes, you need to build up trust again or replace it with another layer.

Building overall trust could be a long run, or not at all. It depends.

Your identity can step up if you lose faith in your knowledge.

For instance: “This racket is awful, but I am a kind of a guy who will show you that it is not a problem to me.”

When you are considering yourself on an overall reliable level at all layers, replacing things in the secondary or the tertiary layers doesn`t take much time but the effort (change the t-shirt during a match, or a grip, or the string-snapped racket, or your game face or your tactics, etc.).

Your daily observations on yourself will provide you the solution how you can overcome on this.

If you try to replace too many things in the layers during a stressful situation, it can turn into mistrust of self (Identity) and in this case, your might wants to escape to get back into an emotionally “safe” environment.

Trust could be like a wall of pebbles. Uneven surfaces holds up each other`s weights.

It means, nothing is simple or black and white. The weight representing the importance of a sublayer.

Trust is the most important mental skill in badminton (probably in all sports and basically in life).

The trust in your body parts. One by one. The trust in your certain shots. One by one.

Trust in your decisions, in your focused and peripheral vision, in your hearing, in the perception of the shuttle through your racket.

Trust in the supply of your basal needs, your coach, officials, relatives, teammates or people representing the public.

These small things build up your trust in yourself and your environment. Only you can tell which one has a big or a small value. Which one is matter at every situation and which one holds less importance.

By your environment, I mean your nutritional sources, your own personal places, the environment where your relatives are, where you meet with teammates and coaches, so it is not limited to the physical environment where you perform.

If you can trust all of the above, then you do not need to worry about existential threats which are desired.

An example for the above: If one of your shots does not work out for you at this moment, then avoid hitting it and replace it with a simpler alternative to keep up the overall trust in You.

Otherwise, you are risking to weaken it or lose it. In other terms, if one of your layers` components is failing for some reason, just replace it with a trusted component.

If you continue using the currently failing component, it may create an avalanche of unnecessary risk-taking and loads of bad decisions where you will lose your precious focus on the game and the most important thing makes you strong. The trust in You, overall.

End of part two. Part 3 is coming soon.

A final thought about singles players


Their situation is different. Not easier, not harder.

It`s a different thing. They need to trust every layer of themselves on the court alone and at first, it sounds easy.

Comparing to doubles, where one suffering with performance issues but the other can inspire, means they can pull each other`s performance up or down.

In singles, the inspiration needs to come from inside, or, you can accept your opponent`s performance as another source of inspiration. That is what we call rivalry.

Your respect for your opposition can allow you to accept their performance against you. It works even stronger if the respect is mutual between the players.

Please see good examples of getting inspiration from your opponent here and here.

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The layers of trust in doubles – Discovery – part 1 of 6


The other day, I was listening to a badminton podcasts where the participants have discussed that a good relationship is important in doubles between the players.

I found that vague and I want to break it down to you to understand HOW you can define and then build a good relationship with your doubles partner.

The way I have learned

When I was 17 I was amazed by a local duo who could cover all the little corners of the court. A skinny and athletic guy, they have had no brutally strong smashes nor lots of tricks.

But they were consistently everywhere. I was wondering about how they could do that? Everyone has said: Because they have played so much with each other.

But it did not make any sense to the 17-year-old-me as I knew already there are rules of the rotation in doubles.

“If you keep these rules, you can do it with anybody!” I thought.

It was an unquestionable theory from my point of view at that time. But reality put me back to my place and shown several times how it won`t work.

After that, I started studying the relationship bond between players for many many years and have tried many things but those did not bring me the required clarity.

During these times, I`ve done level 1 coaching qualifications in 2 countries and still have not found answers.

Also started to read psychology textbooks for different reasons but learnt a lot about myself and my thoughts and feelings.

And then someone asked me about…

And then someone asked me about a situation of what to do. (Lauren Smith performed it on a Legends’ vision but it still counts as it represents this agony which leads you to untrust your partner or overtrusts your own skills.)

I believe this situation representing pretty well what is the most important mental skill for doubles. Here is the situation.

I said to the guy:

“You will not be able to cover this alone. You cannot cover both, the front and the rear. You don`t have time to do anything.

Accept your vulnerability and let the trick happen to you, in this way you can neutralize it.

You must trust in your partner who needs to cover this. Stay at the front. Otherwise, you will lose the point and eventually your partner`s trust, which will lead you two to lose the match.”

Imagine, you are at your base position in the middle of your half-court and prepared to defend that half. You have 2 options:

  1. You choose to be in the agony of losing control over the rear so you won`t move forward. Then you realize what could happen at the front-court and you will freeze from little bit of a shock of losing. And then, for a fraction of a second, your muscles got a bit tight so wherever the shuttle goes, you will be behind. Your opponent will score.
  2. Let it happen, move forward. Accept your vulnerability and TRUST your partner`s abilities. So the front will be covered and when you move forward, the rear court becomes covered by your partner.

End of part one. Click here for part 2.

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