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Supplementing Regular Training With Short-Duration Sprint-Agility Training Leads to a Substantial Increase in Repeated Sprint-Agility Performance With National Level Badminton Players

Walklate, Benjamin M1; O'Brien, Brendan J1; Paton, Carl D2; Young, Warren1

Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research:
doi: 10.1519/JSC.0b013e3181b339d9
Original Research

Walklate, BM, O'Brien, BJ, Paton, CD, and Young, W. Supplementing regular training with short-duration sprint-agility training leads to a substantial increase in repeated sprint-agility performance with national level badminton players. J Strength Cond Res. 23(5): 1477-1481, 2009-Repeated-agility sprint ability is an important performance characteristic of badminton players. However, it is unclear whether regular badminton training is sufficient to improve repeated-agility sprint ability or whether supplementary training is required. Therefore, our aim was to investigate whether supplementing regular group training with short sessions of badminton-specific agility-sprint training conferred any greater changes in performance than regular training alone. Twelve national level badminton players completed a set of performance tests in the week before and after a 4-week training period. Performance tests consisted of 10- and 20-meter sprints, a multistage fitness test, a 300-meter shuttle run, and a novel badminton sprint protocol. After pretesting, pair-matched participants were randomly assigned into regular or supplementary training groups. Both groups undertook regular national squad training consisting of 4 2-hour sessions per week. In addition, the supplementary group completed a high-intensity sprint-training regime consisting of 7 to 15 repeats of badminton-specific sprints twice per week. Relative to control, the supplementary training group reported improvements (mean ± 90% confidence limits) in the 300-meter shuttle run (2.4% ± 2.7%) and badminton sprint protocol (3.6% ± 2.6%). However, there were no substantial difference in either the 10-meter (−0.3% ± 2.1%) or 20-meter (−0.6% ± 1.8%) sprint or the multistage fitness test (0.0% ± 2.7%). Supplementing regular training with sessions of short-duration sprint training appears to lead to worthwhile increases in repeated-agility sprint performance with national level badminton players.

Author Information

1School of Human Movement and Sport Sciences, University of Ballarat, Victoria, Australia 3353; and 2Eastern Institute of Technology, Napier, New Zealand 4142

Address correspondence to Brendan J. O'Brien,

© 2009 National Strength and Conditioning Association