Photo: Carson City Table Tennis Club (CCTTC) members Rick Jenkins, Jonathan Ivanov, Mel Inglima and Ed James with their trophies from a recent tournament in Sacramento.

CCTTC An Official Club Affiliated With The USATT

CCTTC is an open and growing table tennis Club founded August, 2009, now with over 20 members from the Carson City, Nevada area. The Club regularly hosts visiting players from other areas and has had guests from as far as New York City (Ben Nisbett, a former director of USATT) and Bellevue, Washington, as well as those from our region, such as the SF Bay area, and South Lake Tahoe.

Daniel Amen, M.D. in his book Making a Good Brain Great, wrote that “table tennis is the world’s best brain sport.” Bodies are designed to move and be active. It’s important to develop a habit of exercise of some form every day. Certainly playing a game is an attractive way to get exercise, and the game of table tennis is an all time favorite and the world’s largest and yet fastest growing sport.

Amen notes that just one aspect of exercise is enough to make you think: People over 40 who exercise at least 30 minutes per session twice or more a week are 50 percent less likely to develop Alzheimer’s. Exercise protects brain cells from toxins, including free radicals; it helps repair cellular DNA and reduce the risks of cognitive impairment and dementia as well as preserve mental abilities after age 70. One of the most wonderful aspects of table tennis is the fact that many people over the age of 80 regularly play together at various competitive levels. We’ve played with 90 year-olds who are very good.