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A Game that Develops Reaction Time, Agility, Balance, and Hand-Eye Coordination

A couple of years ago, I stumbled upon the work of Patrick Herzog, a functional therapist in Germany who makes use of an Indiaca when training his clients.

I was fascinated by this "floating pin," as I called it, and reached out to Patrick to find out what it was and where to get it.

Popular in Europe, India, and South America, an Indiaca - also called a Peteka - behaves like a jumbo badminton birdie, only it has a soft foam disc at its bottom that you can contact with your hands, feet, paddles, racquets, or anything else to keep it floating through the air.

I got this particular Peteka here: Neoprene Peteka

The applications are limitless. You can simply see how many times you and a partner or group of people can hit it back and forth without it touching the ground. You can define boundaries and play a version of badminton, looking to get the Peteka to touch the ground on your partner's side before she can do the same to you.

Playing with a Peteka naturally develops reaction time, agility, balance, hand-eye coordination, and overall fitness. And you can imagine the contagious goofy smiles that break out when swatting one around. I dare you to play this game with a stoic face!

In this video, our goal was to keep it airborne while moving around in circles.

If you have a favourite game with an Indiaca or Peteka, please consider sharing in the comments section below.

 
 

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Indiaca looks like fun. I play a lot of pickleball. It's the fastest growing sport in world! Lots of x tennis,racket ball players joining. Here's a link to a news story on the game. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELco2YjAG0M

Who is the older person in all/most of the exercise videos? It actually looks like it might be Dr. Kim's older son b/c the person is so agile and young looking. Is it Dr. Kim?? WOW, if it is, I think we all need to follow everything he does so WE look and move that well (-: !

Thank you for making my year, Milia. :) That is a very generous observation!

 

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