Badminton Fitness Testing

The sport of badminton requires specific physical and physiology attributes - such as great court speed and agility, with a good background of endurance. Apart from skill (which is a highly important ability), the relative importance of the physiological parameters such as strength, speed, agility and endurance differ in their contributions to making a champion badminton player.

It is not just physical attributes that are important, the psychological parameters of mental toughness and dedication is also needed in high doses. See the discussion on the relative fitness requirements for badminton in more detail.

The table below lists some suggested tests for the different categories of fitness that are important for badminton. This list is not exhaustive, there are many other fitness tests that may be suitable, depending on your situation. Prior to any fitness testing, you should undergo a warm up. See warming up for badminton for some warm up ideas.

Fitness Component example tests comments
Anthropometry Tall players with a good arm length can reach more areas of the court with ease. Excess body fat would affect the player's ability to move freely around the court, and the extra weight will increase fatigue. See more about anthropometry for badminton.
Flexibility The flexibility tests should be specific to the actions of badminton. 
Strength and Power Strength (and power tests) should also be done to determine strength levels and to monitor strength changes in conjunction with training programs. 
Speed Running speed is very important in badminton in order to reach all areas of the court quickly.
  • The 505 agility testmeasures the ability to change direction 180 degrees, such as when the player turns and runs back for a high smash. A 90 degree turn test would also be suitable for badminton. Specific badminton. tests can be developed that mimic the demands of the sport on court.
The ability to quickly change direction is important for badminton. The ability to turn to both the left and right direction may be different in some players and should also be assessed.
Aerobic Fitness
  • If testing large groups of players, the shuttle run (beep) test would usually be the most appropriate test.
  • There is a range of aerobic fitness tests. You can find information on many other aerobic tests here.
Endurance is an important component of fitness for badminton. Not only is aerobic fitness important for court play, but you need to be fit for long technical training sessions and extended tournament play.

Talent ID

Probably the most important attribute for a successful badminton player is their skill. However, many believe that if you can find a person with the right physical attributes you can teach them the skills. This is the basis of talent identification (Talent ID). If you can find some tall youngsters with good endurance, agility and speed, even if they have not been exposed to the sport of badminton before, you may be able to turn them into champions. This is not guaranteed, but if you test and develop a large enough group of young players, there may be some within that group which have that extra special attribute that there is probably not a test for.


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