Effect of racket-shuttlecock impact location on shot outcome for badminton smashes by elite players

McErlain-Naylor, S.A., Towler, H., Afzal, I.A., Felton, P.J. ORCID: 0000-0001-9211-0319, Hiley, M.J. and King, M.A., 2020. Effect of racket-shuttlecock impact location on shot outcome for badminton smashes by elite players. Journal of Sports Sciences, 38 (21), pp. 2471-2478. ISSN 0264-0414

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Abstract

A logarithmic curve fitting methodology for the calculation of badminton racket-shuttlecock impact locations from three-dimensional motion capture data was presented and validated. Median absolute differences between calculated and measured impact locations were 3.6 [IQR: 4.4] and 3.5 [IQR: 3.5] mm medio-laterally and longitudinally on the racket face, respectively. Three-dimensional kinematic data of racket and shuttlecock were recorded for 2386 smashes performed by 65 international badminton players, with racket-shuttlecock impact location assessed against instantaneous post-impact shuttlecock speed and direction. Medio-lateral and longitudinal impact locations explained 26.2% (quadratic regression; 95% credible interval: 23.1%, 29.2%; BF10 = 1.3 × 10131, extreme; p < 0.001) of the variation in participant-specific shuttlecock speed. A meaningful (BF10 = ∞, extreme; p < 0.001) linear relationship was observed between medio-lateral impact location and shuttlecock horizontal direction relative to a line normal to the racket face at impact. Impact locations within one standard deviation of the pooled mean impact location predict reductions in post-impact shuttlecock speeds of up to 5.3% of the player’s maximal speed and deviations in horizontal direction of up to 2.9° relative to a line normal to the racket face. These results highlight the margin for error available to elite badminton players during the smash.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Journal of Sports Sciences
Creators: McErlain-Naylor, S.A., Towler, H., Afzal, I.A., Felton, P.J., Hiley, M.J. and King, M.A.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Date: 2020
Volume: 38
Number: 21
ISSN: 0264-0414
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.1080/02640414.2020.1792132DOI
1342934Other
Divisions: Schools > School of Science and Technology
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 09 Jul 2020 15:30
Last Modified: 09 Nov 2020 15:41
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/40201

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