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is age a factor

Discussion in 'Techniques / Training' started by sudanaditya, Nov 22, 2005.

  1. sudanaditya

    sudanaditya New Member

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    hi,
    i have just started to play the sporta nd i am performing at the natinal level,
    is it that fitness is essential or that i have to be in my early 20 to play the game at the competitive levl
    i am 26 now
    plz respond
     
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    Fitness is certainly a vital factor and I hope you include both stamina and endurance in your definition. The older one gets, the harder one must work to attain superior fitness.

    The recent China Open singles champion, Chen Hong (aged 25?) is about 2 to 3 years older than runner-up, Bao Chunlai, yet he managed to take revenge on the latter because he prepared himself well, both physically and mentally. Compatriot Bao commented that he was surprised by Chen's fitness and relaxation.

    And Peter Gade, at almost 30, remains a stumbling block to the world's best players. He had to work very hard to regain fitness after his return from injury and whilst he lacked stamina and endurance earlier on his return, he is able to last recent matches for longer than an hour, sometimes an hour and a half!

    So in summary, fitness is definitely essential especially when you are older. ;)
     
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    wow you must be a natural, but yes physical fitness is crucial in the sport of badminton.
     
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    Wow! You just started playing and already you are at the National level? You must be very, very talented. :eek: :eek: :eek:

    At 26, you are probably late but if you are fit enough, there's no reason why you can't do well with your enormous talents.
     
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    Actually, it is very rare indeed for a newcomer at such a late age (baminton-speaking) to join the ranks of the national team. You must be talented or has been involved in high-level sports in the past.

    Even then, badminton is quite a different animal from other sports, it requires both power and delicacy.

    Could you tell us more about yourself, Sudanaditya, and how you attain your present level so soon?
     
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    Based on the current situation on High performance athlete, its late for your age. However you can still excel on the national level, but on international level it is definately harder to match the big guns. Well nothing is impossible.
    It will be better if you play in either doubles or mixed doubles. :)
     
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    Age effect

    Hi,
    Age definitely have an effect on a player's performance. No matter how hardworking u are, once the age caught up, then the body will take a longer time to recover even one may train pretty hard. Well, this is a natural process:p
    Yes, one can train very hard for the tournament and well conditioned for it,but the body has its limit:eek: Nobody can defy nature. It comes,it peak and it goes;)
    Matrix:)
     
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    hai loh..is age a factor

    hi,
    thank you for responding in first place..yes as you said i was involved in other sport and by default i started playing badminton to move away from my stress and slowly got addicted to ward badminton and one of the senior coaches saw my game and he suggested to join the camp to enjoy the game more btter and here i was practicing with the professionals and the coach indireclty asked me to play for the state and the national tournaments in about 9 to 10months of time.. and i was performing decently and suddenly stared performing better and now iam in the national reckoning but people around say that u cannot peakbeyon 28 and discourage me ...but i feel hard work and dedication a is all it mattres to make a champion win .. if i am wrong plz correct me. as i am relatively new to game..
    waiting for your reply
    affectonately
    aditya
     
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    Hi Aditya,

    Great to note that you found badminton a good replacement to your previous sport. Btw, what was your sport? Maybe badminton can bring you greater honours in years to come!

    Whilst age is a factor to most physical sports, it is relative. Even in badminton, you can still find champions who have attained or gone past 30. And these athletes have beaten and outshone many much younger opponents along the way! For age is mainly a mental obstacle. Some younger people look and act much older and vice versa. The difference lies in how well prepared, physically and technically (skill) a player is before entering any competition.

    Do keep us updated with your progress at both provincial and national levels. :)
     
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    Hi Aditya,

    I am in similar situation like you.
    I just got back to badminton (played a little in my far past) a year ago, and I'm 27 old now.
    Although I beleive I have what it takes to be good player. I also understand that I cannot make big achivements having started so late :crying:

    I just try to set some realistic goals and try to meet them. for example I started competing in a league (not national league) and at this point I will not have good results (although I won 1 match), but I expect to have good results next year if I will keep it up.

    regarding fitness, I actually find myself in much better fit than most players I face, because I do other sports and most of them are older than me anyway.

    also the fact that badminton is not very popular here makes it possible to reach some achievments even in post 30 age.
    not sure how it is in India though ...

    good luck to us both :cool:
    Yuval
     
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    hi is age factor

    hi,
    loh.. any ways great to hear from you..i was playing cricket and also am a natural athlete. i had freak injury and had to quit cricket and in order to recuperate from the strain and also to remain active i started playing badminton.
    i torn few ligaments in bike accident and was forced to quit..and having known the limitations well i see to that i play simple and errorfree game rather than the dynamic ones..as you know when your limitations are higher more u being to think than your opponents since you dont want then toknow your weak there.. i am fitness freak and iam working on that too..

    to add tothe woo iam techy guy and workin soft ware company so i relatively segment and shedule andchoose my tournament in order to optimise the result.loh do keep mailing and do plz give tips if i win amajor grand prix that might be bcause ofthe motivation and the techinical expertise i get in the forum and good friend like you..
    all cheers ..
    do keep posting your responses
     
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    hi yuval

    hi ,
    yuval welcome to the world of badminton, friend i always feel that if you know your limitations better ans start working on in and even if you know that yous are 60%as good as your opponent i feel that you should optimise that 60% of your self as 100% in that process you tend toplay your best and you make better opponent think twice which is is moral and mental victory and beyond that its all hard work and to get good coach at right time fitness and food..and i feel that you have come to the right place where intellects of varied segemnts help you with ideas and dynamis of the game.. allthe best and keep in touch with forum and keep posting messages

    any ways keep in toutch all ways wish to share and take ideas
    affect..
    aditya
     
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    i don't think age will take a huge effect until very late 20's mostly aged players can still excel in doubles with their experience. My coach is 36 now and he won the national championships in taiwan again when he was 34. He uses his experience to play, even in singles. obviously his fitness cannot compete with younger players, that's why he uses his experience to beat them
     
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    Agree. There are some tough 40 somethings at SGVBC. They have all the shots down, just not the speed. But to beat them, you have really work had and pound your way through (if at all possible) because you're not going to win a clear-drop or any other skill contest with them :p
     

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