Before Each Use
Before Getting On
Now go! Jump! Have fun!
The prevalence of overweight children is on the rise, and with the extra weight, increased risk of heart disease, bone and joint problems, sleep apnea, and social and psychological problems such as stigmatization and even poor self-esteem. Experts agree that exercise is a key factor in reducing weight and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Getting children to “exercise” though can be difficult. But you won’t need to convince them to have fun jumping on a trampoline! Trampolining is such a great form of aerobic exercise that it has been used to train astronauts. After years of increasing popularity, in 1999, it became an official Olympic sport.
“Young people need 1 1/2 hours a day of at least moderate intensity physical activity for cardiovascular health.”-Norwegian School of Sports Science, Oslo
The National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion in their online article Physical Activity and the Health of Young People, states that “children and adolescents who are overweight are more likely to be overweight or obese as adults. Overweight adults are at increased risk for heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes, some types of cancer, and gallbladder disease.” (For full text and references please click here)
The National Diabetes Education Program website states that “currently, because 10 to 15 percent of children and teens are overweight-about double the number of two decades ago-increasing numbers of young people have type 2 diabetes. In several clinic-based studies, the percentage of children with newly diagnosed diabetes classified as type 2 has increased from less than 5 percent before 1994 to 30-50 percent in subsequent years.”
The benefits of a Super Fun trampoline are endless! A source of intense exercise and fun, trampolining has both physical and mental benefits.
Trampolining is a low impact, low stress workout for the body. 10 – 20 minutes of trampolining is about equal to half an hour of jogging! Because the trampoline mat absorbs some of the shock of impact, there is no strain on the joints. A repeated low impact exercise builds and strengthens the bones and muscles which results in toning, better balance, co-ordination and good posture. It has also been proven to reduce the risk of arthritis and osteoporosis.
The action of bouncing up and down against gravity strengthens all body systems and is considered one of the most beneficial aerobic exercises ever developed. The heart itself is strengthened due to the increased heart rate. Trampolining also benefits the lymphatic system. The lymph provides nutrients to each and every cell and rids the human body of various wastes. The immune system is boosted and helps in detoxifying. Circulation is increased releasing energy and pumping oxygen into the brain.
Trampolining is exercise in disguise. It uses almost every muscle, specifically the stomach, arms and legs. Muscles are toned, fat is burned and metabolism is increased making a trampoline a successful tool for weight loss. Please be advised that although the trampoline, like any other sport or exercise equipment, is considered safe, the safety rules and precautions should be observed.
The physical benefits resulting from trampolining rejuvenate the body and the mind. Endorphins are stimulated, producing positive mood enhancing natural chemicals. This helps overcome negativity and depression and produces a happier, more positive individual.
Combine all these benefits and there’s hardly room for argument. A Super Fun trampoline is a great investment for your young and adolescent children. They may think they’re just having a great time jumping on the trampoline, but you know that their body and mind are getting a great workout.
Your children and the whole family can get fit and have fun with a Super Fun Trampoline!
Like any physical activity, trampolining can cause injury. If you carefully review the research however, you’ll learn that the vast majority of injuries occur when trampoline safety guidelines are ignored.
Studies have also shown that poor quality materials contribute to injuries, which is one of the reasons that Super-Fun produces top quality frames, springs, mats, and padding.The fact is that cycling, swimming, soccer and all other activities have some level of risk; BUT the risk of inactivity is even greater.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention state that as a person’s weight increases beyond a healthy level, so does their risk for developing:
“Several reports on trampoline injuries recommend a ban on private, recreational trampoline use for children. We do not, for several reasons, support such a ban. Jumping on a trampoline gives children the ability to improve their motor control. It may also increase physical activity. The risk of being injured during physical activity must be compared with the risk of being physically inactive. Being physically inactive is associated with many diseases and disorders, and in our view probably represents a greater hazard to children’s health.”
Trampoline injuries; M. Nysted & J.O. Drogset; published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine; 2006
Please carefully read and always follow the safety guidelines for trampoline use. Used properly, your trampoline will provide a life time of health benefits.
It is very important to understand that safety nets have only one purpose: to prevent jumpers from falling or bouncing off of the trampoline.
Safety nets can be useful for this purpose, particularly for those who are new to trampolining.
However, the use of a safety net must never be considered as a replacement for proper, supervised trampoline activity. When using a safety net:
Our Safety Net RT is available for the 11 x 17′ GTS trampolines only. It is only available to our US customers at this time. For Canadian customers, please call our office at 1-800-633-2261 for possible availability.
According to a Failure Analysis Associates Inc., study of comparative risks in childhood sports and everyday activities, more injuries happen in the center of a trampoline than when someone bounces off and lands on the ground.
The risk of an injury requiring hospitalization from riding a bike is triple that of using a trampoline.
“You’re several times more likely to wind up in the hospital from riding a bicycle than from bouncing on a trampoline, but they haven’t suggested not riding bicycles.
They do look like they’re a lot of fun, but they’re not toys. And I do think that a lot of parents and families look at them as a toy, the same as a swing set would be or a play house in the back yard.”
Derek Hanson, former Head Coach of the University of Calgary Tumbling Team, believes trampolines are good for kids but he says if parents are going to buy one, they should take a course in trampoline safety first.
“Kids get hurt on trampolines”, he says, “for one of two reasons, I think. There’s obviously different exceptions. One is just more than one person on a trampoline. That’s the number one rule that we teach. The other type of injury, I feel, is kids doing things that are above their skill level. Their friend can do a flip so they’re going to try one without knowing the progressions. And I believe that’s when they get hurt.”
Hanson teaches kids those progressions, starting with bouncing while staying in the middle of the trampoline, then moving up to the different jumps and landing positions.
“So,” he says, “those are all the basics that I would teach a child. And if they can’t do all of those, I would not even begin the progressions for any kind of somersaulting skill where they would be flipping over their head at all.”
Since this study was completed 4 years ago, one of the main factors leading to injury is when more than one child is on the trampoline at a time.
“If a child is on a trampoline with other users, especially if the other users are heavier than the child, as the other individuals come down and recoil back up, if the child at that very moment is coming down and their body meets this trampoline mat coming up with great velocity, there’ll be a tremendous amount of energy transferred to that child’s foot and ankle and leg. And that’s a setup for injury.