Presenter Prof. Dr. Hanno Felder - Olympic Training Center, Saarbruecken, GermanyUniversity of Applied Sciences, Institute for Prevention and Public Health, Saarbruecken, Germany (Biomechanics) - DE
Prof. Dr. Michael Fröhlich - University of Kaiserslautern (Sport Science) - DE
Juliane Stump - Olympic Training Center, Saarbruecken, Germany (Rehabilitation) - DE
Katharina Hauschild - Olympic Training Center, Saarbruecken, Germany (Engineering) - DE
Stuart Borrie - World Badminton Federation, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (Operations) - MY
Prof. Dr. Shamsul Azhar - World Badminton Federation, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (Classification) - MY
Andy Randle-Hines - World Badminton Federation, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (Operations) - MY
Dr. Silvia Albrecht - World Badminton Federation, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (Classification) - MY
Little research has been carried out to evaluate the para-badminton classification systems within 5 sports classes. The aim of the study was to establish a reproducible and standardized game and
testing protocol for para-badminton, and to evaluate performance levels of elite athletes in several classification classes.
Various data (e.g., kinematic and kinetic parameters) were collected from para-badminton athletes from different classification classes (2 standing classes /2 wheelchair classes). The classes were
categorized by a physical examination by the classifiers. Each subject performed a specific in-field test, a shuttle-run test, and a competition match. The covered distances, velocities, different
angles and accelerations (e.g., of the trunk, shoulder, dominant arm), as well as agility were continuously measured. In the wheelchair classes, push rim forces at the start of propulsion,
trunk-flexion forces and movements of the COP (on a pressure mat) were also measured.
The statistical results indicated significant differences (p < 0.05) between the classification classes for the peak and average values of the different variables.
The results show significant differences between the classification classes and confirm multiple levels of performance.