Badminton – Adductor Strain


The Adductor muscle group comprise several muscles in the medial compartment of the thigh. The adductors function, as their name suggests they adduct and return the leg to the normal standing position. These muscles act to decelerate the leg in forward and lateral lunging movements and assist returning the player back to the base position. The adductors also play a key role providing muscular control when landing from jump shots e.g. smash.


The sports specific activities associated with Badminton match play places a high physiological demand on the adductors requiring high power output and challenges its ability to control balance and stability. The adductors act to decelerate the leg and to provide a stabilising role at both the knee and pelvis.


Badminton requires repetitive cycles of rapid acceleration, lunges and jumping all of which require efficient power delivery and control to return to the base position. Deep lunges can overload the adductor muscle group resulting in a muscular strain. Multiple factors are likely to be contributory to the development of this muscular injury.


Sport specific physical demands can overload the adductor muscle group to overload and this can cause muscular strains. Muscular strains (also called pulled muscles) are described as an injury to a muscle or tendon in which the muscle fibres tear as a result of a load or stretch.


Acute management advice typically follows PRICE guidelines.


Do you have an adductor strain from playing badminton?


Contact your local Sports Physiotherapist if you need any additional information / advice.


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