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    Posted: 11/26/2018 at 3:00pm
Some say , that table tennis may cause scoliosis because of the muscle unbalance.

Do you have scoliosis and if yes the convex of the spine is on dominant hand side or opposite ?
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i already had scoliosis before starting table tennis
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Originally posted by HuLimei HuLimei wrote:

i already had scoliosis before starting table tennis

Have you asked for doctor's opinion regarding possible table tennis contribution to your scoliosis ?


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Yes table tennis causes unbalance to your back muscles and twists your spine. Same thing with tennis, badmington and squash. Basically only thing you can do is workout your back muscles to balance them.  
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Originally posted by Stavros Stavros wrote:

Have you asked for doctor's opinion regarding possible table tennis contribution to your scoliosis ?
Not yet. It really hasn't gotten to the point where it's bad enough to need a doctor's visit. I know someone who's spine got locked in an 'S' going for a rebound in basketball
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A doctor friend of mine said:

Exersises with the NON-dominant hand , using a weight or rubber ,should be done , by every TT player.
This is important for muscle balance. 
Especially if the convex of the spine is on the side of the dominant hand. 
If your convex is on your non-dominant hand , you are lucky . Table Tennis helps your spine to get straight.

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I need a lot of rest to play my best. I just can´t play two days in a row. If I do it my lower back makes me walk like my grandpa. 
Maybe 3 times a week, 2h training, is the maximum to me.
And being a bit overweight does not help at all.
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“But if I keep my core and back strong, the scoliosis doesn’t really bother me.”

— Usain Bolt
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I've had very minor scoliosis for a number of years even before starting to play table tennis. When I do something wrong or even lay in a bad position for an extended period of time, I will definitely feel it in my back. However, I have never felt my back hurt as a result of playing table tennis. This could be because I am still rather young (in college), or because I've only been playing for a year and a half. Either way, at this time Table Tennis, hasn't had a negative correlation with scoliosis for me... yet
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In 1992 was an International Table Tennis seminar in Greece. There was the national coach of Sweden ,England , Yugoslavia , Greece and some others . I remember a lecture telling us that some exercises with the non-dominant hand should be done for muscle balance. 
Nowdays, I don't see any coaches in Greece telling similar things .
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that's very interesting. Never heard that TT can be a cause scoliosis. Lower back pain -yes. At least it's not a widespread problem I guess...
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I visited a famous orthopedic doctor yesterday. He told me that table tennis and any sport does NOT cteate or worsen an existing scoliosis. He encourages people with scoliosis to participate in sports .
Other things he told :
After sceletal maturity , scoliosis does not increase when lower than 40 degrees.
Before sceletal maturity , when scoliosis exists ,orthopedic brace shall be used.
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