Play Badminton Forever: A Systematic Review of Health Benefits

Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2022 Jul 26;19(15):9077. doi: 10.3390/ijerph19159077.


Regular physical activity (PA) engagement has multiple benefits for individual general health at all ages and life stages. The present work focuses on badminton, which is one of the most popular sports worldwide. The aim was to conduct a systematic review focused on examining and analysing this sport and the benefits it brings to the health of those who engage in it. Examination was conducted from the viewpoint of overall health and provides an overview of the current state-of-the-art as presented in published scientific literature. PRISMA 2020 guidelines were adhered to. An exhaustive search was conducted of four electronic databases or search engines: Web of Science, Scopus, MEDLINE and Google Scholar. The search terms used were "badminton AND health" and "badminton AND benefits". In total, 27 studies were eligible for inclusion in the systematic review. After analysing the results, it was concluded that badminton engagement may lead to an improvement in all areas, the most studied being those related to physical health, in particular the improvement of cardiac and pulmonary functions and the development of basic physical capacities.

Keywords: badminton; benefits; health; systematic review.

Publication types

  • Review
  • Systematic Review
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Racquet Sports*

Grants and funding

This research was funded by the European project. “Badminton for All” (590603-EPP-1-2017-1-ES-SPO-SCP) of the Erasmus + programme.