8 Benefits of Trampolining for Children
We have all seen the new advert featuring the trampoline as a Christmas present.
Check out some of the benefits that trampolines can offer:
- Teaches persistence
It takes time to master specific skills on a trampoline, but because it’s so much fun, kids will often persist until they get their moves absolutely right.
- Improves self-esteem
As a child masters new skills on the trampoline they begin to gain confidence, which in turn translates into a better self-image.
- Effects learning success
As kids learn to control the movement of their body, it can help them to learn other things too. Because a trampoline teaches muscle control and coordination, many children see an improvement in their learning success when they use a trampoline regularly.
- Improves flexibility
Jumping on a trampoline strengthens and lengthens muscles and improves flexibility.
- Develops motor skills
When kids jump on a trampoline their brain is forced to function bilaterally as they jump up and down in the air. Both sides of their brain and both sides of their body must work together to maintain coordination and balance when on a trampoline. This in turn helps increase their motor skills.
- Cardiovascular workouts
Jumping on a trampoline increases a child’s heart rate and gives their heart a great workout.
- Improved posture
Along with improving kids balance, jumping on a trampoline can improve their posture.The trampoline floor is constantly moving and kids must be aware of their centre of gravity at all times. The balance they learn on a trampoline helps improve balance in other activities too.
- Exercise in disguise
Trampolining is exercise in disguise and is perfect for kids who don’t like taking part in sports activities. A trampoline offers fun physical fitness for kids, a chance to move their body and exercise for a few minutes or more a day without them even realising!
Top Tips for trampoline safety
The benefits of trampolining are significant but before you think about buying one, take a moment to look at our TopTips which will help keep your children safe and injury free.
- Ensure that the trampoline is surrounded by a safety net which zips up to and there is protective padding around the edge which is in good repair and provides adequate protection. This should be checked regularly.
- Trampolining isn’t suitable for children under the age of six because they’re not sufficiently physically developed to control their bouncing.
- Trampolining injuries can occur to all parts of the body, including the neck, arms, legs face and head. Head and neck injuries are the most serious injuries associated with trampolines. The most common injuries are caused by awkward landings and include sprains or fractures to the wrist, forearm, elbow and collarbone.
- Adult supervision is no guarantee of safety. More than half of all trampoline accidents occur whilst under supervision. However a trained ‘spotter’ can greatly reduce this risk.
- Never combine alcohol with trampolining! Children have been hurt while bouncing with adults who have been drinking at summer garden parties.
- Encourage children to bounce in the middle of the trampoline, step on and off –don’t jump off and never walk or crawl underneath.
- Whatever your ability level, join a local trampolining club to learn new trampolining skills, ranging from the basics of landing safely to advanced moves such as somersaults as domestic trampolines are not designed to be used for stunts such as back flips or somersaults. (rospa.org.uk)
Happy bouncing everybody!!