BWF Research

The BWF provides grants to assist in the funding of applied sports science research in badminton. The application process runs from June to July each year. During this period the application form will be posted on the BWF website.

The BWF Sports Science Commission has 3 key goals and the research grants are there to assist in achieving these goals:

  • To encourage and widen interest and investment in applied research in badminton.
  • To improve the level and quantity of scientific material available to players, coaches and badminton practitioners.
  • To contribute towards the increased knowledge of performance and safety at the international level – of coaches and players.

The BWF has an annual budget of $50,000 for badminton research projects. Grant applications may come from institutions or individual academics conducting research in any of the following areas relevant and specifically applicable to badminton.

A list of BWF funded University research projects and Downloads

Consistency in the Badminton Jump Smash

Abdurrahman et al._Loughborough University

The purpose of this study was to investigate the difference in strategy and technique adopted in the badminton jump smash between players of differing levels of performance outcome variability.


Optimum Performance in the Badminton Jump Smash

Miller et al._Loughborough University

The purpose of this study was to identify the technique factors that contribute to players producing high shuttlecock velocities, with the aim of being able to inform coaches what to encourage in players when coaching, or recognise during the talent identification process.


Determining Instantaneous Shuttlecock Velocity: Overcoming the Effects of a Low Ballistic Coefficient

Naylor et al._Loughborough University

The purpose of this study was to develop a method for accurate determination of post-impact instantaneous shuttlecock velocity as well as the identification of racquet-shuttlecock contact timing for the badminton jump smash.


Effect of Carbohydrate and Caffeine Ingestion on Badminton Performance Following Fatiguing Exercise

Clarke et al._Coventry University

The aim of the study was to investigate the effect of ingesting carbohydrate and caffeine on measures that are central to success in badminton.


Physiological Profile and Energy Expenditure of High Level Badminton Players

Esposito et al._Università degli Studi di Milano

The aims of this study were: (i) to compare the HR–̇2 relationship determined on the field during badminton-specific tasks to that found in the laboratory during a standard treadmill test.


Explorative Study on Muscle Strength and Muscle Strength Ratios in Top National and International Badminton Players

Felder et al._Olympic Training Center Rhineland Palatinate Saarland

This aim of this study was to obtain an overview of the muscular strength ratios and the strength values of the key badminton-specific muscle groups.


Impact of Eight Weeks of Plyometric Training on Jump Parameters in Junior Badminton Players

Frohlich et al._Saarland University, Institute for Sport Science

The aim of the study was to investigate the effects of an eight-week periodized PT program on jumping height, agility and power among male and female junior badminton players, using high-impact bilateral plyometric exercises.


Neuromuscular Fatigue Following a Singles Badminton Match

Lin et al._Edith Cowan University

The aim of this study was to investigate changes in knee extensor neuromuscular function after a simulated 1 hour badminton singles match in relation to the number of lunges performed in the match.


The Effect of Perceptual Training with Anxiety on the Anticipatory Judgments of Elite Badminton Players

Alder et al._Liverpool John Moores University

The aim of this study was to examine the training of anticipation in badminton using video simulation under anxious conditions and the transfer of learning to high anxiety conditions and the field.


The Validity and Reliability of an Established Series of Badminton-Specific Field Tests

Hughes et al._Cardiff Metropolitan University

The aim of this study was to investigate the reliability and validity of the test procedures used over the last fifteen years in the assessment of fitness in English Junior Badminton players.


Development of an Agility Test for Badminton Players and Assessment of Its Validity, Reliability, and Specificity

Louriero et al._Cruzeiro do Sul University

The aims of this research project were (1) to develop a new agility test that assess both the perceptual and motor capacity, (2) to examine the test’s concurrent and construct validity and its test-retest reliability, and (3) to evaluate the specificity of this test to badminton players.


The Impact of Badminton on Health Markers in Sedentary Females.

Patterson et al._St Marys University

Thus the purpose of the study was to examine the effect of regular participation in recreational badminton in untrained women throughout an eight week intervention and compare it with a similar period of running.


Acute And Overuse Injuries In European Junior Badminton Players

Petrinovic et al _ School of Kinesiology

The main aim of this study was to investigate the frequency, location and severity of acute and overuse injuries in junior badminton players, aged under 19 years old (17-19 years). the most common sites of injury were also studied. the correlation between their anthropometric status, foot alignment and injury was examined. in addition, differences in explosive strength between  the injured and non-injured junior badminton players was evaluated.


Developmental and Professional Activities of Elite Badminton Players

Ford et al._Liverpool John Moores University

The aim of this research was to examine the amount and types of developmental and professional activities engaged in by elite badminton players in European and Malaysia and the association to attainment and skill acquisition.