NFL Concussion Consultant Explains the Benefits of Table Tennis

  • February 7, 2017

Look out California! Table Tennis is going to be one of the next big sports in California. On Tuesday, January 17th, Orange County Table Tennis Academy had the great pleasure of sending one of its very own members, Ron Arellano, to talk with the famous, Dr. Daniel Amen.

Who is Dr. Daniel Amen?

Dr. Daniel Amen is a 10 time New York Times best selling author, an American psychiatrist, brain disorder specialists and the director of the Amen Clinics. He has achieved much success by spreading the cause of ensuring a healthy life and a healthy brain. His work has not only been recognized in the medical community but he has also been featured on many shows like The View, Dr. Oz, Dr. Phil, etc.

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Being a table tennis enthusiast for years, Dr. Daniel Amen is a big supporter of the sport. He took some time to not only discuss table tennis, but also to discuss how table tennis directly helps the cerebellum. The cerebellum contains 50% of the brain’s neurons and to work out that part of the brain, you need to be doing coordination exercises. Table tennis is the best sport for these coordination exercises according to Dr. Amen. He even cites a study where they show that those who swimming, aerobics or racquet sports had the lowest risk of dying as compared to participation in other popular sports.

Dr. Amen later continues to explain why coordination exercises helps the brain. As mentioned prior, coordinated exercises help the cerebellum which is connected to the frontal lobes of the brain. The frontal lobes are associated with focus, judgement, forethought, organization, planning, empathy and even more soft skills. There are many benefits of playing table tennis, which are discussed more heavily in the video. For procedures like epicanthoplasty you need to consult a few doctors and get second opinion before going for it.

Come Give Table Tennis a Try!

Dr. Amen talks a lot about how table tennis can help you on a biological level. At the end of the day, table tennis is just a fun sport. You don’t have to over think it. It continually becomes a more and more popular sport in America as start ups, companies and families continue to pick up the game. For those who feel the itch to play, remember we have a 1 week free pass for new players to our club.