May 25, 2013 1:56:59 am
With the season coming to an end,the badminton players of Panjab University Coaching Centre are making the most of the free time at their disposal in the lap of nature .
As many as thirty players,including 21 boys and nine girls,are currently undergoing high-altitude training programme at Shilaroo,which is situated in Himachal Pradesh at a height of 2450m. Jointly organised by Sports Authority of India and Directorate Sports Panjab University,the off-season camp is being conducted to work on all-round physical fitness,development of strokes and consistency of strokes on court.
Working in trying conditions at high-altitude will help the players as it will not only increase their stamina but also help them overcome other challenges also,like playing in different conditions.
Every year,players from different sports disciplines undergo training sessions at Shilaroo. Narinder Singh and Hemant Modi,two trainee coaches from SAI Bangalore,along with SAI coach Surinder Mahajan,are imparting training to the shuttlers of various age groups. Most of these shuttlers are medal winners in state North Zone and inter-university level.
The training schedule is drafted in such a way that they can make the most of the exposure trip. So,from 5:30 am to 8 in the morning,the players undergo physical fitness programme,in which they go up and down the hills to increase their stamina and endurance level.
Apart from that,the players indulge in other activities like medium-speed endurance work on the hockey astro-turf during the day time when the temperature reaches around 20 degrees Celsius. Also,weight training sessions are being given on alternate days.
Then,from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm,the shuttlers are paired with partners and they work on various strokes,including one vs two or with multi-shuttle training,to improve their speed,strokes and coverage of the court.
Every evening- from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm- they work on games and also strokes with movements.
The SAI Centre Hall boasts of seven badminton courts which are being utilised by these players to get themselves ready for the forthcoming tournaments.
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