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The Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness 2016 Apr 07

language: English

Oxygen cost and physiological responses of recreational badminton match play

Pallav DEKA 1, Kris BERG 2, Jeanette HARDER 3, Herman BATELAAN 4, Melanie MCGRATH 2

1 College of Nursing, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Lincoln, NE, USA; 2 School of Health Physical Education and Recreation, University of Nebraska at Omaha, Omaha, NE, USA; 3 Grace Abbott School of Social Works, University of Nebraska at Omaha, Omaha, NE, USA; 4 Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Nebraska at Lincoln, Lincoln, NE, USA


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BACKGROUND: Badminton, as an Olympic sport, is popular worldwide. However, the benefits of recreational badminton match play is not well known. The purpose of the study was to determine the oxygen cost of recreational badminton match play. Heart rate (HR), blood lactate (BL), Rating of Perceived Exertion (RPE), step count and energy expenditure were also assessed.
METHODS: Fourteen male recreational badminton players aged 35.9±6.62 years participated in test sessions to assess VO2 and the related physiological responses of match play. During the match play sessions, participants played singles badminton matches for 30 min while wearing a portable metabolic system. VO2 and HR were continuously recorded while blood lactate and RPE were determined following warm up, at 15 min and 30 min of match play. Step count was recorded at 15 min and 30 min of play.
RESULTS: VO2 over 30 min was 34.4±5.8 ml/kg/min which was 76.1% of VO2 max. Across three 10 min periods of play, VO2 was not significantly different while HR was higher in the third 10 min period than the first and second 10 min periods (p=.001). Mean HR over 30 min was 167.9±9.4 bpm. BL was significantly higher at 15 and 30 min than following warm up while RPE of 17.57±1.91 after 30 min was significantly higher (p=.009) than RPE of 15.79±1.63 at 15 min. Step count did not vary between the two 15 min periods of play with a total of 2404±360 steps while energy expenditure over 30 min of play was 391.7±66 kcal.
CONCLUSIONS: Recreational badminton match play can be categorized as vigorous intensity suggesting it can be a viable exercise alternative to traditional steady state aerobic activity such as walking, running and cycling.

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