The benefits of having a trampoline are endless.
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 how trampolining was a great idea for children, and especially “looked after children”.
Of course we did our own research and came across endless articles about how trampolining had great health benefits. As we had Freddie we decided to get one for him.
Freddie is now 8 years old and still bounces on his trampoline every day it is not raining, and in fact really enjoyed it recently in the snow!
So I thought I would write an article about what we found the benefits of trampolining to be.
Health Benefits of Trampolining for Kids
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 health benefits for all children such as:
- Strength of limbs
- Numeracy – Counting each bounce
- Patience – Taking turns
- Muscle tone
- Reaction speed
- Eye contact
- Freedom of movement
- Sense of achievement
- 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.
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.
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?
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 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”
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