Ready Positions and Recovery from Injury

Table Tennis Footwork

Last updated 10 years ago

Randy S.

Randy S. Asked 10 years ago

Hello coach and Jeff. In ready position you mention of staying low. My question is the position of your back. Is your back straight or rounded? Is it 45 degrees leaned or 90 degrees straight. The next question is do you know any professionals or anyone playing tt who has had an ijury involving a bulging disc with sciactica nerve pains and recovered to start playing again. Thank you for yor help and the great lessons.


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 10 years ago

Hi Randy,

 
It is good to try and keep your back quite straight so that you are not putting too much pressure on the lower back.
 
By bending your knees you will take some of the pressure of your back.

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Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 10 years ago

Hi Randy,

Sorry I forgot to answer the second part of your question.

I don't know about bulging disc which is a bit more serious but I have had sciatica often during my time playing and have been able to recover to play again.  I remember one occasion a week before our Nationals when it happened.  With a lot of physiotherapy and massage I was able to play.


Randy S.

Randy S. Posted 10 years ago

Thank you very much Alois. This is very encouraging to me. The doctor was talking about surgery. On the mri showed a bulging disc pressing against the sciatica nerve. I couldn't even walk or do stairs. But now with prayers I'm doing therapy taking herbs to fight the inflammation. I'm hitting a little now but not looping. I didn't know if I have to change my style which was playing low and looping. Do you need to loop in games? Can you win without looping? Thanks again coach. I didn't want to give up the game. Blessings to you.


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 10 years ago

Hi Randy,

Firstly make sure you follow your doctor's advice.  You can win without looping.  You could become more defensive and wily about the game.  Even perhaps start to use a long pimple on the backhand.



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