Live Long — Play Ping Pong

August 20, 2020 32 By Sukriti

This is my first weblog regarding the sport Ping Pong. The Covid -19 pandemic lockdown has made me realize that how much I miss Table Tennis.

“Table Tennis has given me soul”

Here are some great benefits of playing Ping Pong which will help you boost your performance.

  • Positive character traits:

In my view, Table Tennis develops a character in a positive way which is good for living a good life. This is also true for other sports as well, but in T.T this is the most evident and strengthened. You need a positive and enthusiastic attitude. Players with positive vibes work harder. Do not miss training sessions and never give up.

  • Helps you to focus:

I always find TT a better solution to maintain focus in several works. It is a good physical activity when the mind is crowded with overloading thoughts.

“Focus on goals not the obstacles”

Focus Focus and Focus. Concentration during a match is very important. Learn to ignore distractions coming from your surrounding like shouts, noises and other environmental disturbance.

  • Improves Eye – hand Coordination and reflexes:

Ping  Pong stimulates mental alertness, concentration and tactical strategies. And due to fast- paced game with a quick reaction, both gross and fine muscle movements are improved. Following the ball as it moves rapidly towards you helps improve eye – hand coordination.

  • Keeps your brain sharp:

Researchers have agreed that table tennis is the best sport for your brain. Renowned physician and brain imaging expert, Dr. Daniel Amen calls Table Tennis “The Best Brain Sport.” He explains that regular exercise boosts hormones in the body that keep your brain young. Both upper and lower body are used in this sport. Physical activities increase the circulation to the brain and promotes cell health.

  • Less Injuries:

Table tennis has a low risk of injuries because you have your own reserved space to move and play within. It is not a body contact sport and almost less jumps. If you are serious with the warm up, stretching and exercises there should be less problem with the injuries.

Introduction to the sport:

Table tennis additionally called Ping- Pong, a ball game similar to Lawn tennis. It is an indoor base game of tennis played with a small racket or bat and a ball on a flat table divided into two equal courts by a net fixed at the middle. This sport can be played by two or four players. A player must wait for the ball to bounce once on their side of the table and hit it back on the opponent’s side.

Table Tennis is an individual sport, but also a team sport as well. In fact, there is a large number of team spirit in this, on all levels. In competitions, there are doubles, mixed – doubles along with individual events. This game is popular all over the world. And highly organized as a competitive sport, especially in Asia and Europe.

A Brief History:

The game was invented in Victorian England in the late 1800s as a parlor game. It was played among the upper classes on the dinner tables for recreation after the dinner.

Gossima, Whiff Whaff, Parlor Tennis, Indoor Tennis, Tennis de Salon were the names given before. But the two main names were Table Tennis and Ping Pong.

In 1901 John Jacques enrolled “Ping Pong” as a trade name. The name table tennis was adopted in 1921-22. After that, the game began to revive. Meantime, the world governing body the international table tennis federation was formed in Berlin in 1926, with the first world championships being held in London the same year. The game was dominated by the players from Central Europe before. In the mid 1950s Asia emerged as reproducing of Champions. It’s no wonder Chinese players are dominating the world championship competitions for almost half a century now.

The World Table Tennis Day is celebrated on 6th April every year by organizing activities, such as exhibition matches on the streets, clubs, workplaces, shopping centers etc.

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