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    Default No badminton for 3 months :(

    Last week I went to play badminton as usual. My 3rd game was on court number 1 where a nice basketball board overhung the court. "I'll move it" says I! So I jump up to grab onto the net around the basket to grab hold of it... only to get my finger stuck in it. The next thing I heard was "crack" (just like a knuckle crack). Not really concerned about it, I carried on moving the board out of the way....

    Grabbed the racket... and saw my ring finger not gripping the racket fully... err... Weird, I thought. Tried to bend the finger.. not bending! Went to a local hospital to diagnose the problem, who said I had a so called Jersey Finger. A flexor tendon was torn off the finger tip, which meant I could bend it around the knuckle but not at the finger tip. The only solution is a surgical repair to reattach the tendon, 6 weeks in a splint and at least 4 more weeks of hand therapy. As a player who played 3-4 sessions a week, this was an absolute blow as it meant no badminton for around 3 months!!! Doctors said I will not be unable to do anything I haven't done before so that was a relief but that would take time.... of 3 months... ahhhhh

    I play in local leagues in division 2 mixed and 1 mens. I am really worried that my game will seriously deterioate after 3 months Is there anything I can do while recovering to slow this process down (except of course concentrate on 100% recovery)? Had the operation on Tuesday and am having my 1st therapy session tomorrow so the ball is rolling at least!

    Aaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhh.... what a disaster....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Jack
    Last week I went to play badminton as usual. My 3rd game was on court number 1 where a nice basketball board overhung the court. "I'll move it" says I! So I jump up to grab onto the net around the basket to grab hold of it... only to get my finger stuck in it. The next thing I heard was "crack" (just like a knuckle crack). Not really concerned about it, I carried on moving the board out of the way....

    Grabbed the racket... and saw my ring finger not gripping the racket fully... err... Weird, I thought. Tried to bend the finger.. not bending! Went to a local hospital to diagnose the problem, who said I had a so called Jersey Finger. A flexor tendon was torn off the finger tip, which meant I could bend it around the knuckle but not at the finger tip. The only solution is a surgical repair to reattach the tendon, 6 weeks in a splint and at least 4 more weeks of hand therapy. As a player who played 3-4 sessions a week, this was an absolute blow as it meant no badminton for around 3 months!!! Doctors said I will not be unable to do anything I haven't done before so that was a relief but that would take time.... of 3 months... ahhhhh

    I play in local leagues in division 2 mixed and 1 mens. I am really worried that my game will seriously deterioate after 3 months Is there anything I can do while recovering to slow this process down (except of course concentrate on 100% recovery)? Had the operation on Tuesday and am having my 1st therapy session tomorrow so the ball is rolling at least!

    Aaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhh.... what a disaster....
    That really sucks.

    Maybe you can use the time to get into better physical shape. (What ever is allowed based on your condition). I was away from home for a coupla months this year and couldn't play, but had access to a gym and training 3-4 times a week for those 2 months really made me a better player once I came back.

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    I suppose this is one of those had-to-be-there moments, but I'm curious why you had to jump up to grab hold of the basketball net---I assume you're referring to the net that hangs under the rim---in order to move the whole thing?

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    Ouch! Get well soon.

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    Quasimodo.. yep, I tried to grab the net and swing the board out of the way... What a stupid thing to do, eh?!

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    I guess in the meantime you could work on your physical strengthening and conditioning, and you'll have lots of time to practice your footwork (sans racket of course). Happy recovery.

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    suggestion
    Go swim, it will help you maintain your shape, and it's not bad for you fingers.
    Of course, don't play badminton with your forehand (I guess..) well.. not the hand with the fcked up finger =p I would go to swim ..

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    woah, bad luck!
    i would say the same, keep in shape by going to the gym or something, to improve your fitness.
    watch some training or tournament vids to improve your tactics as well.
    and try not to be too depressed!

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    Learn To Play With Ur Lefthand :d

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    go jogging and do some plyometric exercises.

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    That's really harsh, I feel your pain buddy.

    Yeah just do what you can, try and improve your general fitness, plyometric exercises, maybe focus on some shadow hit stuff (if it doesn't aggravate your injury) and your footwork.

    Also as suggested tournament vids to work on tactics and keep your spirits up might be good.

    With anything like that you will find that when you start to play again your touch will let you down, but you'll soon get it back again. All you can do is try to minimize that effect and try to strengthen other areas.

    Good luck.

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    I was out between March and September this year due to damaged ligaments in my foot. I spent a while on crutuches and had difficulty walking for a long time.

    When I started playing again, my shots weren't too bad although my timing was off a bit. My fitness though was apalling, partly because I'd put on 2 stone!

    If you're 'only' going to be out for 3 months then, like others said, I think the main thing is to keep your fitness up. If you keep your fitness up I think you'll be amazed at how well you'll be playing after just 3-4 practice sessions when you make your comeback!

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    apart from the physcial training, practice left handed!

    i remember being out for a month and it was tough - my timing was OFF and couldn't move.

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    thanks for the suggestions and support folks! I'll have enough to keep me going

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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Jack
    thanks for the suggestions and support folks! I'll have enough to keep me going
    go Captain Jack! Get well soon and learn to play with your lefthand is a great idea then you'll have a backup and never have to play backhand

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    think of strategies, do some physical conditioning

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    Nah, footwork and shadow drills are the best. Boring but will help minimise the weight gain.

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