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Health Benefits of table tennis

Table Tennis
for players
with disabilities

Table Tennis for players
with disabilities

Multiple Sclerosis
Alzheimer's | Parkinson’s
ADD | ADHD

Ping Pong or Table Tennis, besides being a fun hobby to play with family and friends, is also surprisingly great for your overall health, especially for your brain, regardless of your age.
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Some quick

benefits of table tennis includes

Multiple Sclerosis

Using Table tennis
as physical therapy
for Multiple Sclerosis

Experts from the Multiple Sclerosis Journal state, “People with Multiple Sclerosis should move no matter where they are in the course of the disease.”

Dr. Heidi Crayton of the Washington, DC Multiple Sclerosis Center specifically recommends table tennis for people with MS. Dr. Crayton is astonished by WDCTT member Ted Udelson’s success in using table tennis to improve his MS symptoms. Six years ago, Ted was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. After his diagnosis, Ted began taking table tennis lessons from Khaleel Asgarali at the WDCTT, which he credits with helping improve his leg strength, mobility, balance, spatial awareness, coordination and mental acuity. Ted looks forward to regularly seeing the supportive WDCTT community.

WDCTT members quickly observe Ted’s surprisingly lightning-fast reflexes. Ted also spends five minutes per session playing with his non-dominant left-hand to improve the aforementioned symptoms! Ted comments that his previously non-MS competitive play has improved significantly. Ted heartily recommends table tennis for members of the MS community.

Parkinson’s

Parkinson’s and
Table Tennis

“In February 2020, researchers at Fukuoka University, Japan, found playing table tennis may help alleviate motor symptoms in Parkinson’s.

12 people with Parkinson’s with an average age of 73 played a five-hour session of table tennis every week for a period of six months. The sessions were developed specifically for people with the condition by experienced table tennis players from the university’s department of sports science. The participants were evaluated after three months and at the end of the study. At both evaluations, participants had reduced symptoms – showing improvement in speech, handwriting, walking and hand tremors.”

Study author Ken-ichi Inoue, MD, of Fukuoka University said: “While this study is small, the results are encouraging because they show ping pong, a relatively inexpensive form of therapy, may improve some symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. A much larger study is now being planned to confirm these findings.”

Article by: Table Tennis England

Alzheimer's

Alzheimer's
and Table Tennis

Table tennis has the potential to be helpful for eldery people with dementia because it combines physical activity, cognition stimulus and social activity.

ADD & ADHD

Table Tennis is an excellent sport for ADD & ADHD

Learn what happens in your Brain when you play Table tennis. A racket-sport intervention improves behavioral and cognitive performance in attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. As a sports branch, table tennis is much easier to reach compared to others. It is built on skills that require long-term attention and focus, and these skills develop as people continue to play. “6-week regular table tennis training has been found to have a positive effect on primary school children’s attention levels.”
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Khaleel
Asgarali

WDCTT owner and head coach

Khaleel Asgarali started playing table tennis at 7 years old. His father was a former national team member from Trinidad and Tobago and was Khaleel’s first coach. Moving to the top of the junior ranks in the USA, Khaleel returned to his home country of Trinidad and Tobago to win both junior and men singles national championship titles in 2003 and 2005. He has played professionally in leagues in England, Sweden and Germany and trained all over the world. He is still currently a professional player in the German League and a professional coach in the capital area.

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