Benefits of Rebounding (Trampolining) for Kids

Health Benefits of rebounding on a trampoline for kids. Having a trampoline is good for children's health and well being. #trampoline #rebound #health #kids
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The benefits of rebounding are endless.

In my opinion every child should be allowed to trampoline as often as they can. As the health benefits of jumping on a trampoline are numerous.

We purchased our trampoline back in 2015 (when Freddie was 5) and I have to say it was the best present we have ever brought.

The reason we got it in the first place is a fairly long story. But I will summarise, we went through the adoption process about 4 years ago as we desperately wanted to adopt. Our social worker went into great detail about the benefits of rebounding for autism and how jumping on a trampoline was a great idea for children, and especially “looked after children”. 

Of course we did our own research and came across endless articles about the benefits of rebounding. As we had Freddie we decided to get one for him.

Freddie is now 8 years old and still enjoys jumping on his trampoline every day it is not raining, and in fact really enjoyed it recently in the snow!

There are endless health benefits for trampolining for kids. #rebound #trampoline #health

So I thought I would write an article about what we found the benefits of trampolining to be.

Health Benefits of Rebounding (Trampolining)

Using trampolines to keep your child entertained is a healthy alternative to jumping on your furniture (which is not ideal!). Kids love the thrill of rebounding off the trampoline,  skyrocketing into mid-air and I love that they’re using up their seemingly endless energy.

There are so many benefits of rebounding such as:

  • Self-confidence
  • Strength of limbs
  • Numeracy – Counting each bounce
  • Patience – Taking turns
  • Communication
  • Co-ordination
  • Independence
  • Balance
  • Muscle tone
  • Reaction speed
  • Self-image
  • Eye contact
  • Relaxation
  • Freedom of movement
  • Sense of achievement
  • Stamina
  • Spatial awareness
  • Body awareness
  • Social awareness
  • Consideration of others
  • Height and depth perception
  • Fun and enjoyment

Other benefits include:

  • Stimulation of digestive system
  • Improved bowel function
  • Internal organ massage
  • Clearing of toxins from the body.

Benefits of Trampolining for Autism:

There is also evidence that bouncing on a trampoline is great for kids with autism. Many autistic children struggle to interact with their peers because they’re considered trapped in their own world. This can mean that children feel excluded and find it difficult to make friends at school. Having a trampoline at home is great way to interact with your child and give them the enjoyment they deserve.

We have the 10ft Sports Power Trampoline from Argos which comes with the netting, and I have to say we have had no issues with it all.

Bouncing on a trampoline has so many health benefits. #trampoline #rebound #health

Now you don’t have to take my word for it:

Studies by NASA scientists show that rebounding is 68% more effective than jogging, and yet requires less effort! You can also develop both upper and lower body strength just as effectively as weight lifting–without the strain or threat of pulled or torn muscles. Rebounding has been shown to out perform swimming as an all round exercise.

Tony Lloyd, the chief executive of the ADHD Foundation which provides information and advice to parents of children with ADHD, says research from the United States suggests exercise can increase the amount of the chemical dopamine in the brain, which can affect behaviour. It is also helpful in improving the quality of sleep for children. Anything cardiovascular can improve the dopamine levels.

If you have ever seen Winnie the Pooh you will remember these lyrics: “The wonderful thing about Tiggers Is Tiggers are wonderful things! Their tops are made out of rubber. Their bottoms are made out of springs!” Now can you also remember just how bouncy and happy Tigger was?

Trampoline Safety

Now of course there are safety aspects to consider when using a trampoline, and I recommend  you do a lot of research into what is right for you and your child. But please always get a safety net for the trampoline so the children can’t fall off it.

According to the Royal Society of Accidents :

Key safety points

  • 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.
  • 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.

I have been speaking to some of my blogger friends to see what they think the benefits are:

Alice from Living with a Jude “My son has learning disabilities and a terrible sense of balance. He has autism so struggles to control his actions a lot of the time and has poor coordination and fine (and gross!) motor skills. Trampolining is great and used a great deal in special needs schools as it gives them a way to get fit, build confidence and coordination with a few simple actions. It’s a stress release, a social activity and great fun at the same time. They do rebound therapy at my sons school which is awesome.”

Sara – Jayne from Keep Up With the Jones Family “My youngest has the most incredible balance thanks to trampolining safely at home with his brothers – it really shows, and his core strength is amazing.”

Ayse from Arepops “It’s a great type of cardio, it’s amazing how much energy it takes to jump around but because it’s fun kids don’t even realise!”

Jo from Cup of Toast “My boys love going on a trampoline. Along with the benefits of aerobic exercise they are always super happy afterwards too!”

Jemma from Mayflower Blogs “Any exercise is great for mental health in children-and bouncing on a trampoline is definitely an exercise that is good for that!”

Erica from The Incidental Parent “Confidence! My son has been lucky enough to have classes at school and on top of the physical health benefits, coordination and so on his confidence has increased too!”

Gemma from Mummies Waisted “It’s a good exercise in sibling co-operation! If my two year old falls over, her big brother has to stop and help her to stand up”

26 reasons why a trampoline makes you healthier and happier. #kids #trampoline #rebound

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36 Comments

  1. I never had one as a kid but always adored visiting friends who did. I never had a broken bone and am so worried it will happen to my little one, but I’m sure she’d be a champion and show me her skills!
    Fabulous read! I had no idea there were so many benefits!
    #dreamteam

  2. I hadn’t thought of it from this point of view, but now I think of it there are loads of health benefits. The downside for me would be the husband would end up on it half the time… #bloggerpinparty

  3. We have a trampoline park close by that runs dedicated parent and child sessions where they can bounce safely and explore. My two absolute love it, but you’re right that the safety aspects need to be given serious consideration. I think it’s so much fun though and a fab day to exercise. Thanks for linking up with us for #DreamTeam x

  4. My husband was always dead against the kids having a trampoline because of the safety aspect but we have one and they love it. Definitely does them the world of good getting outside and on it, looking at the benefits, I had no idea there were so many. Thanks for sharing and linking up with #TwinklyTuesday, I hope you are able to link up again soon!

    1. I know there are lots of things to consider with regards to safety, however the joy they get from it along with ALL the benefits are just fantastic 🙂

  5. Wow I had no idea about that healthy benefits of a trampoline! I am thinking that we must get one, but currently my daughter is a little too young, although she would love it. Thanks for linking up at #fortheloveofBLOG. Claire x

    1. I can’t recommend them highly enough, of course you can’t leave them and safety must come first, but they are great. x

  6. We had a trampoline for years and it was the best source of entertainment! The kids would spend hours out there jumping away.

  7. I am trying to convince my husband to take down the shed so we can have a trampoline in our tiny London garden. I am not winning so I am going to show him this! #readysetlink

  8. Wow, didn’t realise there were so many benefits. My kids absolutely love the trampoline, especially me eldest who has ASD. I didn’t realise they should be 6 to use it though 😬

  9. I’ve always been a bit on the fence about trampolines, l worry about safety and the kid annoying my neighbours with his head popping over the fence with every bounce! But i hadn’t thought about all the positives. This was a good read. #blogstravaganza

  10. Our trampoline was our best ever buy too! Sadly, it bit the dust in the recent windy/snowy weather and we need to replace it. Our autistic daughter loves bouncing at gets a lot out of trampolining. I didn’t know about a lot of these benefits, though, so thanks! #ItsOK

  11. My little boys have a trampoline and it is the best thing we have ever bought! I never considered that it had so many health benefits but this makes me love it even more! Thank you so much for linking up to the first #itsok linky!

  12. I took my 3 year old to the trampoline park a few weeks ago and I think I loved it more than her! She doesn’t bounce high of course and they have little trampolines for the teeny ones. I was loving it though – such a good work out but my god was I glad for Tena!!! #AnythingGoes

  13. My mum’s next door neighbour has a huge trampoline in the garden for the kids and it looks like so much fun! I definitely want to get one for my daughter once she’s bigger. 🙂 #KCACOLS

  14. Completely agree, we also have a 10ft trampoline and have had one since my eldest was around 3 years old. It’s had so much use and my boys use it daily, especially in the summer.

    Thank you for linking up to #KCACOLS and I hope to see you back again next week x

  15. I used to love trampolining as a child, and the kids love it now. I need to get them into a trampolining club though to learn some more skills! Thanks for sharing and linking up to #KidsandKreativity, I hope you come back next time, Kerry x

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