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Benefits / Table Tennis: Anybody, Anytime, Anywhere by Alan Williams, from Spin Info, Killerspin Table Tennis. "As a non-contact sport, using a ball that weighs only a few grams, table tennis is practically a risk-free sport . . . Table tennis, when played competitively, has an impressive list of physical benefits, the most obvious of which is eye-hand coordination . . . Improved reflexes result because of the fast-paced nature of the sport over very short distances. Both gross and fine muscle movements are improved . . . Table tennis is accurately described as 'high-speed chess'. The mental alertness encouraged by the sport's tactical challenges is particularly good for seniors . . ."

China Crowned World Champions in Women's Team Event in Bremen, China Retains Men's Team Title, A Table Tennis Extravaganza in Bremen, ITTF President: Table Tennis is Healthy, and other articles from ITTF.

China to Carry out "Ping-Pong Census".

China Wins Again - and Again! Greg's Ping-Pong Blog by Greg Letts, August 19, 2008. Includes photo: Chinese Olympic Women's Team Celebrating.

The Chinese Juggernaut Cannot Be Stopped by TableTennisUK (TTUK). Updated: January 19, 2016. Find articles online, free service. Search by Subject or by Name of magazine or journal. Over 10 million full-text articles, News, Magazine back issues and Reference on all topics dating back to 1998.

Hurstville's world famous ping-pong competitor, Dorothy De Low, has died at 103 posted on Facebook, 30 Jan. 2014. Earlier article: "Hurstville has world's oldest table tennis player" by Jim Gainsford in 2009. "At age 98, table tennis player Dorothy De Low does not need official proof she is a champion for the ages."
Oldest table tennis player from Guinness World Records. "The oldest table tennis player is Dorothy de Low (Australia, b. 5 October 1910) who was 97 years 232 days when she represented Australia at the XIV World Veterans Table Tennis Championships, at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on 25 May 2008."

Dorothy De Low Google image from
Dorothy De Low, image from Google

Improve Brain Health And Life from CBS News, The Early Show. In his book, Making a Good Brain Great, the clinical neuroscientist and psychiatrist "Dr. Daniel Amen calls table tennis the best brain sport. It improves hand-eye coordination. It's aerobic, uses both upper and lower body and causes you to use many different areas of the brain to function."

Comparison of injuries between top Slovenian table tennis players and top Slovenian tennis and badminton players by Dr. Miran Kondric, et al. "Compared to other racquet sports players, table tennis players suffer from fewer injuries."

Dealing with Tennis Elbow in Table Tennis by Greg Letts, Guide. "... the worst stroke for causing tennis elbow pain is the backhand, especially the backhand loop and drive, where the cocking and snapping of the wrist seems to cause problems for a lot of players. So it's probably best to use less wristy strokes on the backhand for a while till things settle down - stick to blocking and attacking with a fixed wrist."

11 Simple Tennis Elbow Exercises That Relieve Elbow Pain by Dr. Kristina DeMatas, 21 Aug 2019.

Injuries and Systemic Disorders of Table Tennis Players. Results of a Survey.

Table Tennis Safety Tips - Avoiding Injuries in Ping-Pong by Greg Letts,

Injuries in Table Tennis [Note: Original webpage no longer accessible from Denis' Table Tennis World.]
"An injury that bothers mostly table tennis players is 'tennis elbow.'
'Tennis elbow' is an inflamation symptom in the elbow area at the extensors muscles of the forearm resulted in pain during the table tennis movements. There is no specific prevention of this symptom. The athlete has to do a very good warm up with stretching exercises following a specific training program given by the team orthopedist and physiotherapist. In this case (symptom) even the ice treatment for 6-8 minutes after the training session is a prevention.
The treatment of the tennis elbow is the total absence of the athlete from the training for about 2-3 weeks. During this period the athlete can follow a special training program ex. swimming, biking, weight training, physiotherapy. The physiotherapy program includes TENS, laser, ice treatment, ultrasonics and massage. ~ Courtesy of Nikos Koulopoulos, Physiotherapist."

Table Tennis Safety Tips - Avoiding Injuries in Ping-Pong by Greg Letts, Guide.

ITTF MUSEUM Articles: Table Tennis Illustrated magazine. Articles include: Legends Live On (The ITTF pays tribute to the great legends of Table Tennis), Roaring Twenties, Revival & Reform (The revival of Table Tennis in the 1920s & the formation of the ITTF), Great Shots (The ITTF Museum Photo Gallery: Vintage photographs of players and celebrities), and more.

Li Chao Named National Coach. Chinese coach Li Chao has been appointed as Scotland's new full-time national coach. He takes up the job on January 1, 2009 and will be charged with attempting to take Scotland into the top eight in the Commonwealth - Table Tennis News from In the Winning Zone.

Wendy Chen and daughter Amy Nichols, Members of Mississauga Rattlers Table Tennis Club
Amy Nichols and her mother, Wendy Chen (Gold Medalist)
Photo from Mississauga News

Like Mother, Like Daughter by Frank Juzenas, Brampton Guardian (2 August 2009, page 11). See also: Make Sport a Family Affair by Frank Juzenas, Mississauga News (29 July 2009, B10). Mississauga News Online title: Table Tennis Duo Keep It a Real Family Affair (27 July 2009). Wendy and Amy are both members of the Mississauga Rattlers Table Tennis Club. Wendy Chen won gold in the Veterans Over-40 Women's Singles, and her daughter, Amy Nichols, age 11, finished 5h in the Cadet Girls' Singles 13-Under Division (Group 12) at the 2009 Canadian Championships July 12 - 20 at Trois Rivières, QC.

Net gains: How table tennis improves pupils; health and behaviour by Gordon Cairns, News from Children's work, behaviour and even health can be improved by getting them involved in playing table tennis.

A Passionate Return to Table Tennis. Table tennis is no kids' game for Marlborough resident, from Boston Globe.

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Feature: The Ponginator - A Robotic Combination of King Kong and Ping Pong by Brian Boyko. Includes videos.

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Protesting Against Plastic Ping-Pong Balls by Greg Letts, Guide. ". . . the ITTF have instituted a number of changes to the game of table tennis since its humble beginnings in parlor rooms back in the late 19th century. The introduction of the expedite system, the banning of finger spin services, regulating rubber thickness, removing speed glue and hidden serves, changing the scoring to 11 instead of 21, and introducing a bigger 40mm ball are just some of the many adjustments the ITTF have made in the hope of keeping the sport alive and well into the 21st century.

. . . the latest change being imposed on table tennis players around the world by the ITTF - the introduction of a plastic ball to replace the much-loved traditional celluloid ball. The date of the change ... is currently set at 1 July 2014."

A "Racquet" Heard 'Round the World - the international popularity of table tennis. Brief article from Parks & Recreation, by Michael R. Corwin. "What weighs 2.5 grams and can travel at speeds over 100 mph? ... Table tennis is a worldwide game. Sweden, China, and Korea are the world powers in table tennis today (Sept. 2000)."

The Secrets of Chinese Table Tennis: And what the rest of the world needs to do to catch up posted at, article by Larry Hodges and Cheng Yinghua, USATT Magazine July/August 2005. See more articles from this site.

Strength and Conditioning for Table Tennis - in PDF, 4 pages by Christian Lillieroos, Head Table Tennis Coach, Texas Wesleyan University. "When general physical fitness tests for all sports are done in developed Table Tennis countries, Table Tennis is frequently considered to have the best overall fit athletes. ... To execute the correct movements and techniques on a high level in table tennis it is very physically demanding." Article provides detailed routines for table tennis strength and conditioning training for different levels of players.

Table tennis anyone? From Dec. 2004 issue of Electrical Apparatus, by Joseph S Hoff. "Employees have had sufficient time to practice table tennis at Ace Equipment [Cleveland] ... The owner of the shop donated the table, and the game immediately caught on ... Perhaps the social and competitive aspects of the game account for its popularity ... 'I'm more of a defensive player,' explains Heran, who serves as shop foreman and production manager at Ace Equipment. 'I let the other guy make the mistake.'"

Table tennis anyone? From Jan. 2003 issue of NEA Today, by Lauren Fischer. "Samkoff, a social studies teacher at Glenwood Elementary School in Millburn, New Jersey, turned to a local table tennis club after an ankle injury forced her to quit ice dancing ... Samkoff enjoys 'infusing the sport with a new generation of eager players' through her after-school table tennis club, the only one in the Millburn school district. As a certified instructor, she wants to 'lend credibility' to the sport ... The school maintains a lengthy waiting list of students eager to join the club. Samkoff ends each school year with a student tournament. Winners receive trophies from Samkoff's private collection, ones she's collected from her own competitions through the years."

Table tennis, anyone? From May 23, 2006 issue of Oakland Tribune, by Steve Herendeen. "There are numerous table tennis clubs in the Bay Area - from Berkeley, Oakland and Concord to Livermore Valley and down to Milpitas [California] ... And some - like the 34-year-old Concord Table Tennis Club - hold rousing round-robin tournaments each week. There, top-notch players wielding $150 blades (they're not called 'paddles' anymore) send 40mm celluloid orange balls flying over a 6-inch net mounted on a 5-by-9-foot table at 100 mph. Spin returns can go as high as 10,000 rpm."

Table Tennis: Articles. Translated from Chinese articles that appeared on Chinese websites or publications. See also Archives of articles on table tennis previously translated by Chung Lau.

Table tennis at the 2008 Summer Olympics from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Table tennis competitions at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing will be held from August 13 to August 23, at the Peking University Gymnasium. Contents: Events, Qualification, Singles, Teams.

Table Tennis Canada - News.

Table Tennis Knows No Borders by Julie Geng, The Cornell Daily Sun Senior Editor.

Table Tennis News. Scottish Table Tennis News and Articles, from In the Winning Zone, the Passionate Face of Scottish Sport.

Gavin Rumgay of Scotland Google image from
Scottish number one Gavin Rumgay

Table tennis players stand up for sport by Michelle MacAfee, Canadian Press, Corner Brook, Newfoundland. "Wennin Chiu, 13, of Ottawa, is the youngest player on the senior women's national team. (1999)"

Table Tennis - Spectator Etiquette from Greg's Table Tennis Pages on the Do's and Don'ts while watching the pings and pongs.

Table Tennis: The 12-year-old aiming to put Vanuatu on the map. From 16 Mar. 2006 issue of The Independent (London), by Mike Rowbottom. "Yoshua Shing, a 12-year-old prodigy from the South Pacific island Vanuatu, is only 4ft 11in tall. Shing's achievement in being selected for the 18th Commonwealth Games appears even greater for the fact that there are only four table tennis tables in the whole of Vanuatu, a tiny island nation of about 206,000 people lying halfway between Hawaii and Australia ... Shing was invited to China by a wealthy businessman to hone his skill and prepare for the games."

U.S. Child Prodigies will Compete at the 2009 World Championships. Ariel Hsing (age 13) in the Women’s Final. Lily Zhang (age 12) Wins Cadet and Junior Events.

USA Table Tennis Goes to the Movies! By Larry Hodges, with quality of film rated in table tennis paddles. Movies include: Forrest Gump (1994), You Can’t Cheat an Honest Man (1939), Nice Girls Don’t Explode (1987), A Great Wall (1986), Ping Pong Bath Station (1998), Stairway to Heaven (1946) - Previously titled: A Matter of Life and Death, Ping Pong (1987), The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland (1999), Blood, Sweat & Tears: Ol Dragon in Danger (1996), Inventing the Abbotts (1997), Scum (1979). To be added: Balls of Fury (2007).

Why Doesn't Ping-Pong Get Any Respect? Is Table Tennis the Rodney Dangerfield of Sports? From ". . . put any two beginners with average co-ordination and cheap equipment out on the table, and they will be able to serve, return serve, and play some limited topspin and backspin shots right away . . . the media itself is responsible to a degree for perpetuating the lack of respect for table tennis by the general public . . . If your Grandma can still compete (and win) against young players, how much of a sport can it be?"

Ping Pong Diplomacy

30th Anniversary of "Ping-pong Diplomacy" Marked in Beijing from People's Daily Online, China.

Ping Pong Diplomacy from Ping Pong Diplomacy from Wikipedia.

Ping-Pong Diplomacy by David A. DeVoss from Smithsonian Magazine.

Ping Pong Diplomacy from China Through a Lens. "From February 21 through 28, 1972, Nixon visited China and met with Mao on the day of his arrival in Beijing. A communique signed in shanghai was publicized by the two countries on the 27th."
"The 'ping pong diplomacy' led to the restoration of Sino-U.S. relations which had been cut for more than two decades. This triggered off a series of other events, including the restoration of China's legitimate rights in the United Nations by an overwhelming majority vote in October, and the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and other countries."

Ping-Pong Diplomacy (April 6 - 17, 1971). American Experience: Nixon's China Game. From PBS.

Ping-pong diplomacy returning to campus after 25 years By Janet Basu, Standford University, 1997 Report.


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by Henry Winkler

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Family Movie Review: 'Balls of Fury' by Alex Soo (dad). See also: Movie review: Balls of Fire is a one-joke Ping Pong movie by Bob Strauss, Los Angeles Daily News.

Ping Pong Movie Review by Anthony Leong.

Ping Pong Playa (Blu-ray). Movie Review by Jeffrey Kauffman.

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