Table tennis is number one brain sport! Local physician gives back to the community

Fort Collins physician, Antonio Barbera, founded Table Tennis Connections after he was forced to end his medical career because of a diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis.
FORT COLLINS, Colo. - May 4, 2022 - PRLog -- A group of diverse people from the table tennis community and those who live with Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson's Disease gathered at the Boys and Girls Club in Fort Collins for a double celebration: the grand opening of Dr. Barbera's foundation – Table Tennis Connections - and to celebrate Parkinson's Awareness Month.

Table tennis is the number one brain sport!

At the event Dr. Barbera discussed his own struggles with his diagnosis and how he found that playing table tennis had immense therapeutic value. This led, he explained, to the creation of his foundation in 2021. Dr. Barbera wants to bring table tennis to everybody, no matter what their physical and mental capabilities may be. Through the creation of a NeuroPongTM Program, table tennis will be offered to people with chronic neurodegenerative conditions such as Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's Disease and Mild Cognitive Impairment, and to children with Attention Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder.

Table Tennis Connections foundation brings table tennis to everybody.

Dr. Barbera believes that table tennis provides solid benefits to our brain, our mind and our soul. It is the number one brain sport. He sees himself as the liaison between multiple experts: neurologists, behavioral counselors, physical and occupational therapists, teachers, parents, table tennis coaches and players. He hopes that by bringing table tennis to everybody he will improve the quality of life for individuals living with these conditions.

The NeuroPongTM Program will provide an initial 12-week program tailored to people with neurogenerative conditions, with sessions structured as a form of neurological exercise/ rehabilitation and physical therapy. The goals will be improvement of both motor and non-motor symptoms in people with Parkinson's Disease, improvement in motor function and disability status in people with Multiple Sclerosis, and avoid further mental decline without the use of medication in people with Mild Cognitive Impairment.

For more information about the foundation or the NeuroPongTM Program please contact Dr. Antonio Barbera at or visit Table Tennis Connections ( and tabletennisconnections Facebook page.

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