In my opinion, every child should be allowed to trampoline as often as they can. As there are so many trampoline benefits.
We purchased our trampoline back in 2015 (when our son was 5) and I have to say it was the best gift we have ever purchased.
The reason we got a trampoline in the first place is a long story.
But I will summarize, 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 trampolining for autism. And how jumping on a trampoline was a great idea for children, especially “looked after children”.
We of course did our own research and came across endless articles about the benefits of trampolining. As we already had a child we decided to get one immediately.
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Our son is now 8 years old and jumps on his trampoline every day it is not raining. In fact, he recently enjoyed it in the snow!
As we now homeschool having a trampoline has been a Godsend, especially when he needs 10 minutes to regroup.
What are the benefits of using a trampoline?
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 jumping off the trampoline. Skyrocketing into mid-air and I love that they’re using up their seemingly endless energy.
The main trampoline benefits for kids are:
- 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 of trampoline include:
- Stimulation of the digestive system
- Improved bowel function
- Internal organ massage
- Clearing of toxins from the body.
Benefits of Trampolining for kids with 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.
According to a company that evaluates child health, having a trampoline at home is a great way to interact with your child and give them the enjoyment they deserve.
We have a 10ft Trampoline which comes with the netting, and I have to say we have had no issues with it all.
Trampoline Health Benefits
Studies by NASA scientists show that bouncing on a trampoline is 68% more effective than jogging! But requires less effort! You can develop both upper and lower body strength just as effectively as you can with weight lifting! Without the strain or threat of pulling muscles.
Trampolining has also been shown to outperform swimming as an all round exercise!
Check out our favorite PE ideas for homeschool too.
Research from the United States suggests exercise can increase the amount of the chemical dopamine in the brain, which can affect behavior. It is also helpful in improving the quality of sleep for children. Anything cardiovascular can improve dopamine levels.Tony Lloyd, the chief executive of the ADHD Foundation
Homeschooling a child with ADHD has many challenges, and to be honest, doing it without a trampoline would have made it much harder. Some of our other favorite sensory toys for ADHD can be found here.
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?Winnie the Pooh
Of course, there are safety aspects that need to be considered before you buy a trampoline. But at the very least make sure you get a safety net.
According to the Royal Society of Accidents
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.
There are over 26 health benefits for kids jumping on a trampoline, including self-confidence, stimulation of the digestive system plus many others.
The ADHD Foundation suggests that bouncing can increase the amount of the chemical dopamine in the brain, which can affect behavior. It is also helpful in improving the quality of sleep for children.
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 outperform swimming as an all-round exercise.
Last Updated on 25 January 2023 by homeschoolof1