Global Health Badminton Study


Elite athletes are known to be exposed to high impact training and competition loads, leading to increased physiological demands that can be associated with an increased risk of injury. While former elite athletes are generally reported to present better overall health later in life compared with the general population, there is a wealth of evidence reporting the prevalence of injuries in sport, and that ongoing pain and musculoskeletal dysfunction from injury may be precursors to the development of longer term health issues such as osteoarthritis (OA).

The Badminton World Federation is inviting World Junior Championships athletes to take part in this research study, to provide information about their experiences during their sporting career. Information gathered from this study will be used to guide and direct future athlete health, and injury prevention initiatives.

The aim of this study is to report injuries among elite junior badminton players and to investigate if certain risk factors are associated with previous and present injuries.

The project is approved by the Danish Data Protection Agency, and has also been evaluated by the Capitol Region Committee on Health Research Ethics in Denmark.

If you would like more information about the study please contact BWF Development Manager Rodrigo Pacheco – [email protected]


Players are invited to complete a questionnaire which will ask a series of questions on their background, any significant injuries they may have suffered, their current musculoskeletal and their sleep quality.  The questionnaire will only take about 15-10 minutes to complete. Please click the link below to go to the questionnaire site.

Questionnaire link:

Note: the online questionnaire is available on English language.  However, Spanish / French / Chinese / Japanese / Korean / and Indonesian har copies translations will be available on the competition venue.


Both male and female competitors from the World Junior Championships are also invited to undergo a series of ROM assessments during the competition.  The study will involve the following protocol:

  1. Ankle Dorsiflexion Measurement
  2. Hip Range of Movement and Special Tests
  3. Shoulder Range of Movement
  4. Shoulder Impingement

Note:  Examination videos for the project in Canada have been recorded.  They are intended for the participants to watch prior to participation to improve familiarisation.

Videos can be found here.


Players who complete our questionnaire and undergo the physical assessments will qualify for a lucky draw to win an Apple Watch!


This study will follow the Helsinki Declaration, which sets a number of ethical principles for medical research. The results of the study may be published in scientific journals or be presented at scientific conferences, but all results will remain anonymous. You can withdraw from the study at any given time by contacting the BWF at [email protected]

If you agree to participate in the study, the BWF will collect some of your personal data for the purpose of identifying trends in the health of young elite badminton players. Through the questionnaire and the physical assessment, the BWF will collect your name and email address, as well as information about your involvement in sports and various measures related to your body.

Your name and email address will be kept separately from the study results and only be used by the BWF to inform you about the study results and ask you follow-up questions. The measures collected as part of the questionnaire and physical assessment will be shared, using pseudonyms, with the BWF Sport Science & Medical Research Commission who will be analysing the data.

For further information on how BWF collects, stores and uses your data, please consult the BWF Privacy Notice (

  • David Cabello – Spain
  • Niels Christian Kaldau – Denmark
  • Stewart Kerr – UK
  • Mark King – UK
  • Hanno Felder – Germany
  • Martin Fahlström – Sweden
  • Steve McCaig – UK
  • Mary Eng – Canada
  • Ian Wright – UK

By taking part in this study you will be contributing to a large body of research being conducted by the Badminton World Federation that will provide insight in to the long-term health of elite badminton players. The information gathered will help us develop a wider understanding of the issues, provide evidence-based recommendations and best-practice guidelines to benefit elite athletes. As a participant in the study you will be given the opportunity to sign up for newsletters that will keep you up to date with the studies progress.

The physical assessments will take place at the warm-up area of the competition venue.  Athletes can join the project during the following days:

–  Saturday 10 – Pan Am Venue
–  Sunday 11 – WJC Culture Day
–  Monday 12 – Pan Am Venue
–  Tuesday 13 – Pan Am Venue
–  Wednesday 14 – Ontario Badminton Academy at Players Clinic (am) / Pan Am Venue (pm)
–  Thursday 15 – Ontario Badminton Academy Venue at Players Clinic (am) / Pan Am Venue (pm).

Please see space research space here.

Yes. If you consent to take part in this study data obtained about you will remain strictly confidential at all times. Study data will be held securely, electronically on an encrypted device and will not contain any individual participant identifiable information. You will be allocated a study participant number which will be used as a code to identify your data. Any study contact email address that you provide will be kept on documentation entirely separate to your study data results and will only be used for the purposes of informing you about the study results and updates Results of the study may be published in scientific journals or be presented at scientific conferences but all results will remain anonymous. The study will be carried out in accordance with the Declaration of Helsinki.

Participation in the study is entirely voluntary, and if you decide to participate, you are free to withdraw from the study at any time. Please note, if you do withdraw from the study after completing the questionnaire, your data will remain on file and be included in the final study analysis unless you specifically request its removal.