At our regular Sunday afternoon session, a friend was whipped on the forehead by his doubles partner when he turned his head to look at the shuttle which had gone past him. Admittedly, he was looking tired and relatively slow in his movements and despite the fact that he could not intercept the bird which sailed high towards the baseline, he chose to run backwards from midcourt and turn around. It must have been quite a knock although there was no visible mark on his forehead then. He retired rightaway. He could have been blinded in both eyes if the racket had struck an inch or two lower. The lesson to learn when playing doubles is: 1. Try not to attempt to return the shuttle when it has clearly gone past you. 2. Avoid the temptation of looking behind, especially if you know your partner is closeby. 3. As a partner, be mindful of what your mate is doing as you can see his actions clearly, especially when you are standing behind. 4. Restrain yourself and don't strike the shuttle if you know your partner is too close to you for you may hit him and cause severe injury or permanent disability. A point lost is nothing compared to injury inflicted on your partner, even though it is an accident. My neigbbour has stopped playing his favourite badminton game because more than a year ago, he was struck in the eye by the shuttle and is partially blind. I think his retina was detached and he sees double images. Prevention is better than cure if you want to continue to enjoy the badminton game.