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    Question Soreness from basic badminton conditioning

    Hi, I play in high school badminton, and in our conditioning sessions (which happen several times a week), I get frequent soreness for the days after it.

    The exercises include the classic exercises - frog jump, duck walk, lunges, sprints, speed jumps, footwork, etc. (the first couple or the most painful)

    The soreness is centralized in the muscle right above my knees, causing much pain in walking and especially in going down stairs.

    Are there any tips you guys can give me to help recover from these faster (during games sometimes I stumble because of them)? I try stretches, Bengay patches (don't ask), and even praying, but they seem to do little besides waiting it out.

    Thanks!

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    How long has this been happening? And how long is the interval of your physical activities?
    'Coz from what I know, once your muscle has been inactive for quite some time, after a comeback of intense training/game, you'll get body aches. But if you continue being active, the pain would ease up in time.

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    Make sure you stretch your muscles well after the exercise. I will also try to go for a slow recovery jog that is just slightly faster than walking to help the muscles loosen up.

    btw, I'm surprised that duckwalk is still practised. Isn't it bad for the knee?

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    Stretching, hot baths, heat pads all help.
    And yea, it will only get better in time. I remember I didn't play or do any exercise in a few months. Second day I went we did conditioning.
    Lunges, duckwalks, jumps, etc. And next day I couldn't walk so SORE!
    And I remember after the conditioning during hitting time my legs were shaking. Then it slowly gotten better. I still suck though.
    And duck walks are bad for knees? We always do duck walks....

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    Quote Originally Posted by venkatesh View Post
    How long has this been happening? And how long is the interval of your physical activities?
    'Coz from what I know, once your muscle has been inactive for quite some time, after a comeback of intense training/game, you'll get body aches. But if you continue being active, the pain would ease up in time.


    This happens every conditioning, even well into the season.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CkcJsm View Post
    Stretching, hot baths, heat pads all help.
    And yea, it will only get better in time. I remember I didn't play or do any exercise in a few months. Second day I went we did conditioning.
    Lunges, duckwalks, jumps, etc. And next day I couldn't walk so SORE!
    And I remember after the conditioning during hitting time my legs were shaking. Then it slowly gotten better. I still suck though.
    And duck walks are bad for knees? We always do duck walks....


    Yeah, I tried stretching and heat pads all last year, but the pain always won, leading me to suspect that possibly something was wrong about my form.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CkcJsm View Post
    And duck walks are bad for knees? We always do duck walks....
    Ok... did a google search. There are apparently 2 versions of duck walks. One that goes all the way down and one that is done partially squatted. The former is bad for the knees.

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    thank you, I will remember to only go partially next time!

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    for season, you should start conditioning 1 to 2 months before, building up your stamina and muscles, so you can handle actual conditioning. its probably because you just jump straight into it.

    btw, what school do you go to?
    Last edited by jymbalaya; 01-15-2009 at 07:31 PM. Reason: more stuff

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    I go to leland. I had conditioning today - it was ok!
    During the off season I had training at smash city and badminton clubs, but besides that all I did was my upper body, so I was not used to seriously conditioning my legs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by weeyeh View Post
    Ok... did a google search. There are apparently 2 versions of duck walks. One that goes all the way down and one that is done partially squatted. The former is bad for the knees.
    Aw, really.
    We do going down all the way and moving.
    And we do frog jumps all the time 0.o. I assume thats really bad for knees =(.

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    massage the painful areas frequently. when u watch tv, or in e toilet... bathing... waiting for bus... whenever free then massage.. it will go awy faster.. tested and proven by myself. haha

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    massage? haha, that sounds like an interesting idea!

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    Try foam rolling
    http://www.t-nation.com/free_online_...r_for_10_bucks

    Its a deep tissue massage that you can do for yourself. Excessive soreness around the knee and quadriceps is often caused by overly tight IT bands. This is the band that goes along the side of your thigh. Do the excersises in the article an the soreness will go away quicker and your flexibility will increase.

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