Torque-velocity characteristics and contractile rate of force development in elite badminton players

Tidsskriftartikel - 2007

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Elite badminton requires muscular endurance combined with appropriate maximal and explosive muscle strength. The musculature of the lower extremities is especially important in this context since rapid and forceful movements with the weight of the body are performed repeatedly throughout a match. In the present study, we examined various leg-strength parameters of 35 male elite badminton players who had been performing resistance exercises as part of their physical training for several years. The badminton players were compared with an age-matched reference group, the members of whom were physically active on a recreational basis, and to the same reference group after they had performed resistance training for 14 weeks. Maximal muscle strength of the knee extensor (quadriceps) and flexor muscles (hamstrings) was determined using isokinetic dynamometry. To measure explosive muscle strength, the contractile rate of force development was determined during maximal isometric muscle contractions. In general, the badminton players showed greater maximal muscle strength and contractile rate of force development than the reference group: mean quadriceps peak torque during slow concentric contraction: 3.69 Nm · kg-1, s=0.08 vs. 3.26 Nm · kg-1, s=0.8 (P

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Andersen LL, Larsson B, Overgaard H, Aagaard P. Torque-velocity characteristics and contractile rate of force development in elite badminton players. European Journal of Sport Science 2007;7(3):127-134.
doi: 10.1080/17461390701579584

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