We have a student that currently plays badminton at our high school but is losing her vision. The teacher in charge of the badminton club asked to research shuttlecock options for her student. I'd appreciate any suggestions you may have.
Google Action for Blind people. You'll come across a UK website. They may know how to help you out.
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Racquet games are games such as table tennis, badminton, volleyball, squash and tennis. Some of the simple adaptations to these games include:
Use a brightly coloured table tennis ball or larger brightly coloured shuttlecocks. Good colour contrast will make the ball easier to see and locate.
Lower the height of the net or use another barrier such as a bench.
Increase size of ball making it easier to see.
Reduce density of ball – e.g. use balloon ball to reduce speed.
Place barriers around a tennis table so that the ball will not go too far astray.
With the addition of simple adaptations, a person with low vision can easily play net / wall games as part of a team. People who are totally blind may have considerable difficulty playing racquet games that involve locating and hitting a fast moving object. If a blind person and a sighted person are playing racquet games, they should use steady, gentle shots and have fun with keeping the rally going.
If this hasn't been implemented already, the Yonex Mavis 2000 plastic shuttlecocks (probably the best plastic shuttle) come in Yellow, which can be easier to see than the standard white. Other than that, I know that colored feathered shuttlecocks are available in black, green, etc., although I have never tried them and can't attest for their durability / flight quality.