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Title: High-intensity stepwise conditioning programme for improved exercise responses and agility performance of a badminton player with knee pain
Authors: Chen, B
Mok, D
Lee, WCC 
Lam, WK
Keywords: Endurance training
Fatigue training
Knee injury
Patellar tendinosis
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: Churchill Livingstone
Source: Physical therapy in sport, 2015, v. 16, no. 1, p. 80-85 How to cite?
Journal: Physical therapy in sport 
Abstract: Objective: To examine the effect of a high-intensity stepwise conditioning programme combined with multiple recovery measures on physical fitness, agility, and knee pain symptoms of an injured player. Design: A single case study. Setting: University-based conditioning training laboratory. Participants: One 26-year-old male world-class badminton player (height, 190.0cm; weight, 79.3kg; left dominant hand; playing experience, 16 years; former world champion) with patellar tendinosis and calcification of his left knee. High-conditioning stepwise conditioning programme: The player received seven conditioning sessions over three weeks. During the programme, there was a gradual increase in training duration and load across sessions while cold therapy, manual stretches and massage were administered after each session to minimise inflammation. Main outcome measures: The training outcome was evaluated with three different testing methods: standard step test, badminton-specific agility test, and tension-pain rating. Results: The conditioning programme reduced knee pain symptoms and improved actual performance and cardiopulmonary fitness during the agility task. The player was able to return to sport and compete within a month. Conclusions: A high-intensity stepwise conditioning programme improved the physical fitness while sufficient recovery measures minimised any possible undesirable effects and promoted faster return to elite level competition.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/9482
ISSN: 1466-853X
DOI: 10.1016/j.ptsp.2014.06.005
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