The Packington Table Tennis club continues to progress and has just started its 3rd calendar year !
‘You still may think that calling table tennis a sport is silly, but I think it is the best brain sport ever. It is highly aerobic, uses both the upper and lower body, is great for eye hand coordination and reflexes, and causes you to use many different areas of the brain at once as you are tracking the ball, planning shots and strategies, and figuring out spins.
“It is like aerobic chess”. Table tennis, or Ping Pong, is the second most popular organized sport in the world. What is even more impressive is that it is the youngest of the world’s major sports. At the competitive level, players hit the ball in excess of 90 miles per hour across the table!’
Ward off Alzheimer’s and assist in the treatment of Dementia!
Numerous studies have found that table tennis activates various areas of the brain simultaneously. By playing a game of table tennis, under any conditions, an overall state of awareness is stimulated – requiring both thought and physical alertness at the same time.
It has been also discovered that people in otherwise sedentary states – i.e., living in retirement homes and care facilities where table tennis tables have been introduced, have actually become mentally awakened when playing the game. Incredibly, the game is now being recommended as a method of warding off Alzheimer’s and for assisting in the treatment of dementia.
Most notably, Dr Daniel Amen specifically points out that table tennis:
- Increases concentration and alertness
- Stimulates brain function
- Develops tactical thinking skills
- Develops hand / eye coordination
- Provides aerobic exercise
- Provides social and recreational interaction
For more information on the table tennis club call Graham on 07764 471917