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Table tennis

Four veterans injured during military service tried out the sport of table tennis at the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) Paralympic Military Summit held this past fall in Colorado Springs. All have enjoyed active lifestyles since their injuries, playing recreational and team sports, but had not contemplated representing the U.S. as members of a national team. They met Lead Paralympic Table Tennis Coach Sean O'Neill at the summit, and he encouraged them to go to the USA Paralympic Table Tennis Championships in Las Vegas in December, represent the U.S., and try their newfound skills against international competition.

The four, two men and two women, did not get frustrated or discouraged as they met the most challenging opponents they will likely ever confront. Patricia Sapp had a spinal-cord injury and extensive internal injuries, requiring significant reconstructive surgery on her bladder and stomach. Dana Liesegang sustained a cervical spinal-cord lesion. Pat McDonald, a T11 paraplegic, came to the competition with his 3-year-old daughter Andrea and his wife and one paddle, and left with arms-full of new table-tennis equipment.

How to hold a ping pong paddle correctly for newbie

1. Hold the ping pong paddle longitudinally


Longitudinal paddle holding has the advantage of being very good at backhand blocking, which facilitates the right-hand pushing, which makes the ball in the table relatively flexible. So most people use polishing only with the side of the paddle. This grip while polishing can alternate between forehand and forehand.

The Vertical grip

Just like writing a pen, the thumb and index finger form a pincer grip on the paddle, the other three fingers curled naturally and pressed against the back of the ping pong paddle.

Vertical grip as Fast-attack style

How to hold the ping pong paddle correctly in fast-attacking style? First holding the paddle against the palm of the hand (between the thumb and forefinger, close to the hand). The right side of the paddle touches the third of the index finger, firing the first of the thumb against the left shoulder. The second set of index finger presses against the right shoulder. The first of the thumb and the first, the second of the forefinger, forms a pincer frame in front of the paddle. The distance between forefinger and thumb is about 1 to 2 cm. The other fingers are naturally folded over and held against the back of the paddle by the first and second burns of the middle finger.

Vertical grip as Fast-attack style

This grip method is suitable for fast attack with forward-tipped paddle, and the flexibility of the wrist and fingers is better than the horizontal grip. When attacking the forearm, the thumb presses the paddle, the index finger is relaxed, the thumb and the anonymous finger support the middle finger to hold the paddle force. When pushing the left hand, the forefinger will press the paddle, while the thumb will loosen, the little finger and the anonymous finger will support the middle finger against paddle and the force.

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