How do trampolines assist with your childs’ development

There are many obvious benefits of jumping on a trampoline, like improving your coordination & balance but let’s take a look at a few more you may not have been aware of. 

1. Develops Motor skills  

Jumping on a trampoline requires Bilateral Motor Skills-Using both sides of the body and brain at the same time. This forces the body & brain to work together to maintain coordination & balance, therefore improving their motor skills. 

2. Heightens Spatial and Aerial Awareness

Along with improving their sense of balance and posture, each time they jump onto the moving mat, a child must readjust their balance & be aware of their center of gravity at all times. This helps improve their spatial awareness or knowing where their body is during movement and when in the air.

3. Greater Flexibility & Muscle control  

Jumping is known to strengthen and lengthen the muscles, strengthen bones and reinforce the joints. This teaches muscle control and coordination which opens pathways to learn new motor skills & movements.

4. Improves Cardiovascular health & blood flow

Trampolining stimulates your internal organs, promotes lymphatic circulation & increase a child’s heart rate, giving them a great workout 

5. Energy release & ready for learning

 That song ‘Shake My Sillies Out’ isn’t far from the truth! Jumping provides such a great workout that according to studies by NASA, just 10 minutes on the trampoline is more effective than a 30-minute run. So you can see how burning all that energy can have a calming effect and help prepare our brain & body for learning. This is particularly so for children who have sensory processing issues or have difficulty concentrating or staying on task, as jumping meets so many sensory needs doing wonders for our concentration.

6. Make you happy

Lets be honest, who doesn’t love that feeling of freedom & exhilaration we get from jumping on a trampoline? That feeling comes from the increased oxygen circulation which releases those endorphins that naturally enhance our mood- switching on our ’happy endorphins’. So if they’re feeling a little grumpy, get them jumping on that trampoline!  

Safety

While we praise the benefits of jumping on a trampoline, we must also remind you that there are risks especially ithey’re not used safely.  

  • Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for installation & use of the trampoline
  • Make sure the trampoline size is appropriate for the age & weight of your children
  • Three big safety rules for Jets are One at a time, no flips or saults (unless learning in your class) & parent supervision
  • ‘Double bouncing’ is a major cause of accidents that are more than likely to occur when more than one person is jumping at the same time. When one jumps just before the other, this creates a sudden increase of force, causing the other jumper to rebound much higher than they’d normally be able to. This can result in the jumper ‘flying’ off or landing without being able to control the stop. (We practiced rocket jumps with a ‘controlled ‘ motorbike stop on our trampoline this week.) 

Hopefully, your child can practice our safety rules on your trampoline at home to try and eliminate the risk of injury and enjoy the wonderful benefits they’ll gain from jumping. 

Fun Facts about Trampolines

  • It’s not at all surprising that the first trampoline was built back in 1936 by two American gymnasts! George Nissan & Larry Griswald made the trampoline out of stretched canvas, grommets & coils attached to a metal frame and used it to practice their acrobatic skills. 
  • Various sports utilize trampolining to develop & hone their acrobatic skills before using in their chosen field. Athletes in the Gymnastics, Diving & Freestyle skiing sports rely heavily on the trampoline for skill development. 
  • Choice reviewed 8 trampolines based on Australian safety standards and it’s not surprising the ‘Springfree’ trampoline rated the highest with a score of 93% . It’s no surprise it is the most expensive with the Medium 10 foot round Springfree trampoline selling for $1600.  
  • The same size in the ‘Vuly’ springless brand wasn’t far behind priced at $1000 and a considerably lower rating at 35% 
  • Smaller trampolines are designed for the younger age group (2-4yrs) and are recommended because they provide less bounce and are therefore safer for this age. 

https://www.choice.com.au/babies-and-kids/children-and-safety/toys-and-safety-at-play/review-and-compare/trampolines  

https://www.choice.com.au/babies-and-kids/children-and-safety/toys-and-safety-at-play/buying-guides/trampolines 

Back in the gym- Outer Space Theme

As we move through the year you’ll see us repeat our basic shapes & skills and add in skill progressions to keep our Mini Jets engaged while learning their gymnastics.     

 

TUMBLE TRAMP AND PLATFORM– Let’s blast off down the tumble trampoline doing long space jumps then launch into the outer space-pit! We crawl through the space tunnel and stretch those arms & legs wide in our star jumps. Remember to bend your knees in our motorbike ‘safety’ stop after the big jumps on the trampoline.

TRAMPOLINE – We’ll be working on combining our jumps into a jumping sequence of rocket, tuck and star jumps. Watch me try to do all three jumps in a row. This is a great sequence to practice at home if you have a trampoline, it’s actually a white skill to achieve in our levels system! 

FLOOR – Some of us will try forward rolls on the floor, focusing on tucking our chins into our chest. Those needing a little more practice will continue on the wedge which offers an incline to assist with rotating over. We’re throwing moon rocks through the space target to work on our hand-eye coordination, cartwheeling around the moon and practicing holding our arch & dish shape on top of the ladybug ‘space rock’.   

BARS AND RINGS – We’re working on our tuck swings with re-grip, focussing on the ‘jumping hands’ on the bar at the back of the swing- this skill is really tricky so my coaches will be very impressed if I can do this! If we’re feeling brave, the front support & forward roll over the bar is the skill to try. On the rings, we’ll launch like an Astronaut into space and land on a huge crater, in our motorbike of course.  

BALANCE BEAM – The Alien in us will emerge and we’ll walk across the beam, take a star to carry across the plank, tiptoe to the end, dismount and stick it onto our milky way. Last but not least we’ll do our backward walking & hoop skipping on the beam.

References: choice.com.au, trampolinegurus.com,brisbanekids.com.au