Laterality And Reactive Abilities In Badminton

Lenka Doležalová, Pavel Korvas


In this study we focused on the impact of lower limb laterality in the speed of movement of particular directions on court. The main goal was to measure the reaction time ability to particular directions (related to the specific movements of the badminton player) and to evaluate whether the differences are significant and related to the laterality of the subjects in the research group. The research group consisted of 40 randomly chosen recreational players, 30 of them were right-handed and 10 were left-handed. The results were elaborated based on the measurement made during the research of quick reaction abilities of the badminton players. The average time for the right-handed players to front directions was 1497 ms  ± 186 to the right and 1492 ms ± 171 to the left, to back directions it was 1687 ms ± 339 to the right and 1743 ms ± 366 to the left. For the left-handed players the average time for front directions was 1674 ms ± 288 to the right and 1635 ms ± 217 to the left, to back directions it was 2289 ms ± 506 to the right and 1864 ms ± 370 to the left. After the processing of the results, we can state that right-handed players have a quicker reaction ability to the back right direction while left-handed players to the back left direction. In the directions to the front the differences are not significant. Both right-handed and left-handed players proved quicker reaction ability to the left right corner. The important difference between right-handed and left-handed players was measured for the direction to the back right corner (p = 0,0001), to the front left corner (p = 0,04) and to the front right corner (p = 0,39). The results of this study should be helpful for the preparation of the trainers and for the players themselves.


badminton; laterality; reactive abilities; test

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