Parkinson's and Table Tennis Article

Following Article Written by Annie Stone, Table Tennis England, Dated -  February 17, 2022

'Bringing benefits to people with Parkinson’s through table tennis'

Table Tennis England is committed to grow and retain participation among those living with a disability and/or long-term health condition. For this reason we have developed partnerships with organisations such as Parkinson’s Table Tennis UK (PDTTUK), with the aim to promote and enable more opportunities for players to engage in the sport, and for those who wish to do so, to feel comfortable to progress through to competitive play.

A review has recently been conducted, summarising highlights of the journey of this partnership, showcasing case studies of how people living with Parkinsons’ have benefitted from playing table tennis and looking to the future how we can engage new audiences.,

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Sport is for the young. That’s a sentiment expressed far too often. IT SHOULD BE REPLACED WITH THIS – SPORT IS FOR EVERYONE.

With this in mind, let’s take a look at some enjoyable sporting options available for those heading into retirement age, or for those already there.

Table Tennis:

Tennis is another great option for those that are 50+ but TABLE TENNIS is an even better one. While standard tennis requires a lot of running around, table tennis does not require the same level of athleticism. It can improve your reaction speed and does work up a sweat when played at a fast tempo. Like bowling table tennis can be played as part of a team, with doubles tournaments proving popular’’

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'Table tennis tables are common in schools, youth clubs, health centres and even workplaces.Table tennis has a long list of incredible health benefits that very few people are aware of. The sport continues to grow year on year and is one of the few sports that anyone from any age can play risk-free and with ease.

The low-impact sport of table tennis stimulates many areas of the brain simultaneously and offers a huge range of mental benefits even for patients who suffer from Alzheimers and dementia. We have been intrigued by the benefits of table tennis for a while here at Home Leisure Direct and so we decided to create this easy-to-follow infographic for your convenience.

If you like this infographic please spread the word. The more people we get to realise the benefits of the sport the more people we can get to play. The aim is to carry on our school's program for table tennis and hopefully implement them into many more schools and youth clubs over the next year.'


Go to this link for an awesome infographic from Home Leisure Direct.



Here are some links to more articles on the health benefits of Table Tennis:


Health Benefits of Table Tennis -


       Dr Miriam Stoppard: Why table tennis is great for the brain -


       Taking the Paddle to Parkinson's -


      Why Ping-Pong Is Good for Your Brain -



Recreational Table Tennis for Seniors

Only a third of seniors over 55 years of age are meeting national guidelines for minimal levels of regular physical activity. While many of them (approximately 44%) are prevented from participating due to injury and disability, others report lack of opportunities, facilities and clubs in their area (Source: Australian Institute of Health and Wellbeing, 2013). Compared to the rest of the population, seniors face a higher risk of social isolation, physical inactivity and a sedentary lifestyle linked to chronic health disorders.

Table tennis is a global sport. Japan, US and UK in particular (via the NHS) promote the health benefits of table tennis to their older population. It is a social game that can be played at any age and modifiable to fit most fitness levels. 


There is mounting scientific evidence on the holistic benefits of table tennis, such as better cardiovascular health and cognitive performance, as well as gains in emotional and social outcomes in older adults (Source: Harvard Medical School, 2016; Journal of Musculoskeletal and Neuronal Interactions, 2018).


Scientific evidence and medical experts around the world acknowledge that recreational table tennis increases concentration and alertness, stimulates brain function, helps with the development of tactical thinking skills, hand/eye coordination, provides aerobic exercise and social and recreational interaction. The sport is therefore important in combating neuro-cognitive decline and promoting mental well-being, particularly in the elderly, and often prescribed as a therapeutic option for patients with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease (Source: Dr. Amen, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology).


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Top 10 Health Benefits of Ping Pong / Table Tennis