It’s funny because I got into table tennis by watching the award winning film Forrest Gump. The main actor is portrayed as “dump” but it’s clear he has some sort of autism. I quickly related to the character, personally suffering from Dyslexia and I was also labelled as the “boy who can’t read or write, the stupid one”.
Magic of Table Tennis
We can all play table tennis and aside from being a fun activity and sport which can be played almost anywhere and with anyone, table tennis also offers many health benefits. Of course like all sports it provides great mind-body stimulation, and social interaction.
But what sets table tennis apart?
- Improving hand-eye coordination.
- Very low risk of injury
- Improve focus and concentration
- Improving reflexes
- Improve decision making
- Improve strategy
- Develops your vision and eye movement
- Increases synovial fluid in the joints
- Scientifically proven to be the worlds best brain sport. This is because you have to make decisions physically and
- mentally with minimal time.
- Table tennis is used in hospitals and care homes as treatment for dementia.
- It improves balance.
Unbeknown to me at the time, (when I first began playing, aged 14) these health benefits started to reshape my brain and body! My focus in school started to enhance, my understanding of things began to make sense and I began to strategically develop my reading and writing skills (still working on it lol). My life had changed and spun 180 degrees from the boy who was never going to mount into anything…
Into, ‘today’ a man who does what he loves for a living (I was told it’s not possible to be a full time TT coach) and now I use the sport that changed my life, to help and inspire thousands; locally, nationally and internationally.
I’m not saying table tennis can cure and heal with a flick of a finger. But it will provide you with so many hidden benefits that you won’t fully understand, know or feel until one day… You will wake up and realise that you have implemented a compound effect which all of a sudden has materialised into something special, Who you have become!
Table Tennis whether done in small or large quantities will benefit your body and mind.
All you need to do is pick up a bat and let the magic begin…
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