Para badminton is a sport played using racquets to hit a shuttlecock across a net. It can be played in men’s and women’s singles, men’s and women’s doubles and mixed doubles. Depending on the classification, singles are either played in full court or half court.
Individuals with impaired muscle power, athetosis, impaired passive range of movement, hypertonia, ataxia and leg length difference are all eligible to play para badminton. It can be enjoyed recreationally or competitively as long as the individual is able to hold the badminton racquet.
There are five sport classes in para badminton for individuals with CP
WH1 – athletes usually have impairments in both lower limbs and trunk.
WH2 – athletes have impairments in one or both lower limbs and minimal or no trunk impairment.
SL3 – Athletes have impairment in one or both lower limbs and have poor walking/running balance.
SL4 – Athletes have a lower limb impairment but it is milder than those in SL3.
SU5 – Athletes have impairment in their upper limbs only