Playing badminton from childhood~

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  1. maron

    maron Regular Member

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    Do you think there is some badminton related stuff that you can only acquire during your childhood??:rolleyes:

    In my badminton club in our university, there are two members who are skillful badminton players. They both have similar badminton ability, so it is hard to decide you plays better then the other.

    However, one of the members (member 1) have started playing badminton when he was in elementary school. (Not a professional player though, because he didn't play badminton often during his middle and high school years) And the other member (memeber 1) has started badminton 5years ago and strived hard to train himself.

    Their badminton ability is similar but I found out that member 1 has a faster movement and makes more accurate stokes.

    Do you think there is a difference if someone learns badminton during his early age? I was curious about this all day~want to hear some opinions from you guys:D Oh, I also want to know when you started to play badminton:)
     
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    I think it's really how determined the two different people are. If they are both equally determined, I think it'll be safe to say that the person starting younger will be better.

    Also, if you start learning/training at an early age, you won't pick up bad habits as easily, or you could easily change that habit since you're young, in my opinion.
     
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    starting young definently helps because once you get the basics down, you can spend more time training new shots and the more time you spend training/playing, the more comfortable you're with the game.

    that being said, if you start young BUT don't learn the techniques properly, like stuck with pan-handle or incorrect hitting strokes, then it can be more difficult to correct later on in life.
     
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    I just read an article reporting MRI studies which found different brain activity patterns between novice and experts in an academic activity.

    Learning = rewiring of the brain, and some rewiring might take more time than others.

    So back to the question: learning badminton as an adult requires rewiring just as it does for a child, but there might be disadvantages. First, the adult brain is less plastic than a child's brain. Second, for a child, the rewiring is practically on a clean slate, whereas for an adult, this has to be done against some previous learned activities that has already wired the brain.

    There is also another thread in BC that highlights the physiological effects of repetitive training. In the context of this brain rewiring, repetitive training provides positive feedback for the neural circuitry.

    Therefore, an adult learning to play badminton can be as proficient as someone who learnt the game as a child must simply clock a comparable amount of positive feedback time to rewire the brain.
     
  5. maron

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    Repetitive training helps a lot for a person who started to play badminton from adult stage. I have started playing badminton since I was a freshman in the university and repetitive training had strengthened my ability to make powerful smash and to perform other strokes accurately. Actually as a female player, high clear was THE MOST difficult stroke ever. When I first started playing badminton I never thought I could hit the bird to the end line by high clear. :crying: haha...but after few months of repetitive training, now I can do it! :)

    However, I still envy people who started playing badminton from their childhood~:D I think movement of those people differs ~~
     

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