First included in the 1960 Paralympics at Rome, para Table Tennis is, today, the third largest Paralympic sport in terms of athlete numbers and is played by millions of people worldwide. Open to athletes from all physical and intellectual impairment groups, aside from the visually impaired, the sport promises to be an enriching and beneficial activity for all who take it up.
The governing body for Table Tennis is the IPC through the International Paralympic Table Tennis Committee. The rules of the International Table Tennis competitions (ITTF) also apply to the Paralympic Table Tennis competitions with slight modifications for wheelchair athletes.
What’s in it for you?
From quick-witted reactions to improved hand-eye coordination, the list of the benefits of table tennis is impressive. Table Tennis instils a mindset in players to always be ready for challenges, thus improving their reaction time to spins and placements of the ball. What’s more, a Table Tennis player gains improved reflexes over the gradual course of Table Tennis training. The sport also improves hand-eye coordination(by following the ball’s trajectory), increases the flow of blood to the brain, hones cognitive skills and improves reflexes(working on both gross and fine muscle movements), among others.
✓Amputees ✓Cerebral Palsy ✓Muscular Dystrophy ✓Spinal Cord Injury ✓Intellectually Disabled ✓Short Stature
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