| This wonderful photo-monograph prepared is dedicated to every person who has Parkinson desease. It describes how playing table tennis can help each such person. Due to Nenad Bach, the PingPongParkinson has become a world-wide movement, as shown on the pages of the book. There are currently more than hundred chapters in numerous countries throughout the world.oran Primorac, Olympian and Ping Pong Parkinson advisor, said: "I'm honoured and intrigued to be part of this progressive idea that has the potential of helping millions of people diagnosed with Parkinson's disease." |
3rd ITTF PWTTC 2022 | PingPongParkinson World Cup | Sept 30. to Oct 03. 2022
In Pula, Croatia
Our mission is to create a global sports movement that is inclusive and supportive of people with a Parkinson's diagnosis. We are the first and only world table tennis championship organizers dedicated to raising awareness of the benefits of playing ping pong for the Parkinson's community.
We want to be recognized by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC). You can help us by making your support count.
Westchester Table Tennis Center
We are PingPongParkinson, a 501 c3 non-profit organization located at the Westchester Table Tennis Center, 175 Tompkins Avenue, Pleasantville, New York (approximately 35 miles north of New York City). We were established officially on the first of March 2017 with the goal of halting the progression of Parkinson's Disease by utilizing ping pong as a form of physical therapy. Our model is based on the concept of neuroplasticity - the brain's capacity to make new neurons and connections through challenging physical exercise. Although medication remains the focus in the treatment for Parkinson's, there is compelling evidence for the need for a regular exercise program in managing this disease.
The original idea behind this commitment to help Parkinson patients ("Pongers") attain an improved quality of life through exercise was inspired by Nenad Bach, a Croatian-American musician and rock star. Nenad had been diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease and noticed that his motor symptoms and mood were improved by playing ping pong. This non-pharmacological approach to his treatment was encouraged by his neurologists who confirmed his improved status. Nenad subsequently recruited several volunteers from the club, including Will Shortz, the crossword editor of the New York Times and the owner of the Westchester Table Tennis Center, Dr. Art Dubow, who together with Nenad created the PPP program; plus Irene Silbert, a PR professional - all working together to establish the PPP group.
The group meets for about 90 minutes every Wednesday at 7:30 PM. The sessions begin with a warm-up consisting of physical exercises designed specifically for those with Parkinson's Disease. Juggling practice and instruction follows before commencing the table tennis. Each "Ponger" is teamed with a volunteer at the tables and play is finally concluded with a video to chronicle each individual's ping pong skills and progress.
Every three months there is scheduled a special informal dinner event, which can range from a tournament to having speakers give talks on topical subjects relating to PD. We have also established an annual tournament in which we hope to attract contestants from the US and internationally.
Our goal remains steadfast: To help anyone with Parkinson's Disease through ping pong (primarily) - and to have fun while doing it.
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PingPongParkinson: It Started With A Tremor And It's Shaking Up The World
by Warren Rosenberg, Nenad Bach, Michael O'Keefe (Compiler)
This wonderful photo-monograph is dedicated to every person who has Parkinson desease. It describes how playing table tennis can help each such person.
Due to Nenad Bach, the PingPongParkinson has become a world-wide movement, as shown on the pages of the book. There are currently more than hundred chapters in numerous countries throughout the world.
Zoran Primorac, Olympian and Ping Pong Parkinson advisor:
I'm honoured and intrigued to be part of this progressive idea that has the potential of helping millions of people diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.An edition of this book is planned to be published in India, as well as its translation into Hindhu language. One of the sponsors of PingPongParkinson, supplying it with tennis tables, is STAG coming from India.