Table tennis: Dancing with the ball

Table Tennis (photo: Stephanie Hofschläger / pixelio.de)
Table Tennis (photo: Stephanie Hofschläger / pixelio.de)

The sport with the distinctive green table is already well established among people with disabilities and is attracting an increasing number of followers. Speed, technique, concentration and expert wheelchair handling are the main success factors in this fast-moving sport.

It would be difficult to find any other sport quite so ideally suited for people with disabilities as table tennis. For this reason, it is one of the most popular sports among wheelchair users. In an age of fitness and fun, table tennis is asserting its place and steadily increasing its demands on all players. In addition to speed, tactical and technical understanding, it also improves coordination and physical control.

A competitive sport

Table tennis is now played at two different levels. As well as being a popular leisure pursuit for young and old, it is increasingly becoming a competitive discipline. To name but two aspects of this complex sport. Competitions and training with able-bodied players also open up new opportunities and another attraction is the fact that you can carry on playing until a very mature age. In addition to the sporting benefits, it is a good example of successful integration of people with disabilities. To allow as many people as possible to experience the thrill of competitions, a league system has been set up covering all classes and levels of ability. The German championships are an important test for all participants and a first step towards qualifying for the European and world championships or the Paralympics. To spread and promote wheelchair table tennis, the department offers many courses for beginners and advanced players at a regional and national level throughout Germany.

Source: Deutscher Rollstuhlsportverband
photo: Stephanie Hofschläger / pixelio.de