Post-Traumatic Table Tennis Rating Point Loss Disorder (PTTTRPLD)

Sometimes table tennis players go through, what I refer to as, Post-Traumatic Table Tennis Rating Point Loss Disorder (PTTTRPLD), not to be confused with the actual medical condition of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Often, at the conclusion of a table tennis match, players seem traumatized by a loss.  They can’t seem to think clearly and often say and do crazy things because they are so upset.  This traumatized state of mind usually leads to more and more losses.  If you want to have the best mental game possible, here is what you need to do.

#1 Don’t fear losses.  You will lose matches in nearly every table tennis tournament.  It is a matter of your perspective before, during, and after the match that will keep you playing your best throughout the tournament.

#2 Fight for fair play DURING the match.  If you leave the table complaining about your opponent cheating on the score, serving illegally, and taking too much time between points, there is nothing that the official or your coach can do about it AFTER the match.  Having fights in the parking lot doesn’t change the result of the table tennis match either.

#3 Think long term.  When you put all of your hope and glory into 1 match, you will feel too much pressure.  By thinking long term, you will be able to relax, while giving your best, and realizing that this 1 match is merely a stepping stone toward your ultimate table tennis goal.

P.S.  Post-Traumatic Table Tennis Rating Point Loss Disorder (PTTTRPLD) is not an actual medical term.

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  • Jena Newgarden
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