Table tennis is certainly a sport quite effective in producing sweat.
As a supporting sport, the tennis played in a small table can also help establish your conditions for other sports. It also has a significant role to ease tensions for players of other games, such as chess and bridge, during the season.
Table tennis is also good for elderly family members. All is because table tennis has influence in the consolidation of your conditions.
Physiologically, this sport gives you benefits. Any deviation of health problems and pressures of everyday life will be reduced at the time of doing so. You become fit as a fiddle after exercise.
Don't think the automatic, very fast response in a game of table tennis doesn't provide any advantage in everyday life. You tend to have a faster reaction in case of sudden emergency.
Ping pong is highly individualistic. It's also an expressive, temperamental sport. Fortunately, injuries are rare because it ain't classified as a contact sport. Acute, subacute and chronic injuries are mainly in your arm used to play, and your legs or feet although the latter is more rare.
Falls may occasionally occur as with any other sport.
Minor injuries, kindsa blisters and seizures, often happen. Blisters most commonly occur on your hands and fingers that hold the bat as a result of constantly direct pressure. However, lack of proper shoe size or folded socks, causing continuous friction on the soles of your feet, can also make blisters.
Spasms in your muscles may arise due to loss of salt. It happens due to pouring sweat, overheating, overuse, excessive stretching or overfatigue. Seizures can also be caused by food or local circulatory disorders in certain body parts.
Injuries to your muscles and tendons arise due to hard muscle works, for example, when you do a sharp stroke, chop or lop. You often experience it at your shoulder girdle, around your elbow, forearm, wrist or on your hand because of constantly holding the bat tightly.
You can play it anytime, even in the rainy season, because it's an indoor sport. The equipments ain't relatively too expensive and don't require a broad room. A very limited playing field demands a very fast reaction in returning the ball, so this sport is the fastest games ever existed.
Both men and women at various ages and physical conditions can enjoy this sport although this game requires extraordinary physical abilities.
It's true this sport is distinguished between competitive and noncompetitive games. Physical and physiological requirements on a noncompetitive table tennis are obviously much different from that competed.
The most important requirement is the neuromuscular skill to obtain the good condition of reflexes and concentration. You can say both components are the most important requirements on noncompetitive table tennis.
In contrast, the two things have been far from sufficience to the competitive, contested table tennis. It requires great speed, power hit and endurance. So you also badly need muscle endurance, cardiovascular and respiratory systems.
You'd also be able to run for five kilometers in a ping pong match to reach and return the ball whose maximum speed can be 125 to 140 kph.
It's true the achievement of conditioned reflexes and concentration is the key requirement in competitive table tennis. However, foot agility, speed, anticipation, coordination and tactics are also very important.
Reflexes ain't genetically acquired, so you have to practice from the beginning. Moreover, reflexes will weaken over time. The more unfavorable the condition of your reflexes, the faster its loss. It shows you need a consistent exercise program in the long term to maintain or improve your reflexes.
Therefore, you have to do the planned exercises for four to five years, plus having the experience of the game, to be a competitive player.
The best ages to be a competitive table tennis player in men are 18 to 30 years, and women 16 to 26.
Perhaps, you'd note a little difference between men and women in a physiological response, exactly in developing neuromuscular skills to improve muscle strength, endurance, as well as cardiovascular and respiratory systems.
This happens because women are a little weaker.
A clinical examination should be really careful because physical and mental fitnesses are required in competitive table tennis. You also need to evaluate the methods of training, eating arrangements, environmental conditions, age issue, sex and occupation, as well as injury prevention in addition to a complete physical examination.
You need to give attention to the condition of your lungs because it's an indoor sport. That's you have to hold physical, laboratory and X-ray examination periodically. Periodic eye examination is also highly recommended because this game usually uses light.
Well, be ready to be a reliable table tennis athlete if everything is OK, or at least an agiler, fitter life player. Thanks to table tennis.
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