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Trampolines: Everything what you should know before using Trampolines

Trampolines are often considered a great source of fun and exercise for children. However, thousands of people are injured on trampolines every year. Injuries can occur even when the trampoline has a protective mesh installed and has padded protectors and in the presence of the parents.

Common injuries

Thousands of people are injured on trampolines every year. Most of these injuries occur on trampolines installed in the house. Children under 6 years of age are at the highest risk of injury.

Common injuries include:

  • Fracture of bones (which sometimes require surgery)
  • Concussions and other injuries to the skull
  • Sprains / strains
  • Bruises, scrapes and cuts
  • Injuries to the neck and spinal cord (which can lead to permanent paralysis or death)

How injuries occur:

Most injuries occur when there is more than one person using or jumping on the trampoline.

How children can be hurt:

  • They land badly when jumping
  • They land badly when you are trying to do cartwheels and pirouettes (these should not be allowed due to the risk of neck and head injuries).
  • They collide with another person
  • They fall or jump off the trampoline
  • They land on the springs or in the frame

Recommendation of the AAP

Do not buy a trampoline for your house! Trampolines are fashionable and a fun way to exercise, but there are other, safer ways to encourage your children to practice physical activity such as playing ball, riding a bike (with a helmet), or participate in a team sport.

The AAP recommends that mini-trampolines and regular-sized ones not be installed in homes, in routine gymnastics classes or in recreational parks. These should only be used in supervised training programs for gymnasts, dives or other competitive sports. Only one person should be allowed to jump at a time.

If you decide to buy a trampoline for your home, the AAP recommends that you take the following precautions:

  • Jump only when you are being watched by an adult
  • Allow only one person to jump at a time
  • Do not allow stunts
  • Install padded protectors in the recommended way and in good condition
  • Check the equipment frequently
  • Replace the padded protector, the protective mesh or any other part when they break down.

Jumping on a mini trampoline is an excellent cardiovascular exercise

Many of the activities that take place today in the gyms had their origin in the rehabilitation of people with some physical ailments. Thus, Pilates, fitball and aquaspinning are some of the alternatives that we have discussed in previous issues.

Another one that is added to them is the Power Jump, physical activity that consists of the use of a small trampoline, in which you can take jumps and with them achieve a very good work of cardiovascular type, which allows, among other things, to tone , burn fat, improve posture, improve balance and coordination, among others.

In this regard, the owner of the Bardi gym – Fernando Bardi – affirms that the Power Jump has its origin in the New Zealand system of the Body System, “teacher training system that contains several types of classes”, where one of them is this, the of the trampoline.

In this same context, he points out that this activity was created specifically in Brazil, where before moving on to the fitness category, the platform was specifically aimed at the rehabilitation of post-operated patients with conditions such as those of the hip or knee. “As the Brazilians put music to everything, they began to develop the attentions with her; then the physical activity program as such began, “he says.

On the other hand, the fitness instructor and personal trainer of the Sésamo gym, Patricia Mayer, mentions that in the beginning, the jumps that were made on these trampolines were of ornamental type – something simple – and then they were taking shape and adapting to the gyms “to perform jumps, movements and choreography only with the trampoline or with the incorporation of elements such as dumbbells, irons, discs, among others,” he says.

The basic requirement to practice the Power Jump is the trampoline, not very large implement (more or less 15 cm high and 1mt 20 cm in diameter) that must be composed of a round metal structure with springs and covered with a resistant canvas able to withstand the impact of a maximum weight of approximately ninety kilos.

From less to more

Pople comment that one of the qualities of Power Jump is that the intensity of the work can be perfectly regulated by who guides the class. Thus, both amateur and experienced students can exercise the same way, each of course according to their physical conditions.

It also says that the fact of bouncing on this canvas specially created for this activity does not affect the impact that one’s weight can have on the body, that is, “on the trampoline, one can perform a super strong activity without damaging the joints” , he says.

Patricia Mayer meanwhile, says that among the many benefits that this activity brings, the first is that through it, the person can have a great time. “The Power Jump classes are very entertaining and the students are jumping all the time, which produces a natural joy. It’s like being a child again, “he says.

As for how good it can be for the body, the instructor mentions that this is undoubtedly a hundred percent cardiovascular exercise. “This is a strong work where to the rhythm of the music, the person always keeps dancing and jumping, following the choreography and the movements that the teacher makes,” he says.

Other thanks that can be obtained from Power Jump are in the words of Patricia Mayer, toning and muscular strengthening, “both at the lumbar level and also in the legs, quadriceps, hamstrings and knees”. Also – it adds – “it improves the balance, the coordination and even the facial muscles, since one keeps smiling or making faces during the class”, he affirms.

The personal trainer of the Sésamo gym affirms that contrary to what he thinks, the Power Jump does not only benefit the legs; even the abdominals can be enhanced. “Some exercises are done lying on the trampoline, supporting the lower back. There you can exercise abdominals, either with the legs extended, raised or semi-flexed, “he says.

With regard to the burning of fat percentage, Fernando Bardi says that in an intense class of one hour (it is normal to be 45 minutes), you can burn a thousand calories perfectly, but recommends that it is best to be available to the instructor that guides the class, because although each session is already predetermined, it is possible to give options to those who do not have the same abilities of a student already experienced in the exercise.

Thus, it adds to the benefits mentioned above, that the Power Jump allows “to eliminate fat from the waist down, because the work on the trampoline is similar to a lymphatic massage, which will greatly enhance the buttocks, legs and abdomen.”

With regard to the above, Bardi indicates that here is not about jumping on the platform, but rather “assimilate the bounce of the trampoline. Then, the same musculature is used or at least one very similar to the one of spinning, which benefits helping in the posture and the balance of the legs “.

And to talk about precautions in the Power Jump, both instructors say that the first thing that a specialist should transmit to their class is the loss of fear of the trampoline, because they say, many people do not dare to practice this activity for fear of falling.

That is why they say that there is no danger here, but still say that it is best to take precautions as simple as placing new and inexperienced students closer to the teacher to supervise their movements.

“To those who start in the activity or to those who have a health problem, it is best to be placed in front of the teacher – so that they can correct possible errors in the movements,” says Fernando Bardi. To this the instructor of Sésamo says: “the idea is not to leave anyone displaced”.

In this same line, sentence that as in any exercise, the Power Jump must also contemplate sections where it is elongue, pre hot and prepare the body. “At the end of the class there is a localized work moment, where the abdominals and arm work can be enhanced, all this using the trampoline as a tool”, he defines.

With regard to possible contraindications, Patricia Mayer indicates that those who suffer from vertigo and panic attacks (also pregnant women and those who have mastitis problems) this activity is not recommended.

Parents should review their home insurance policy and obtain coverage for a trampoline-related injury if they are not included in the basic policy.