When we’re kids, we love the idea of jumping on a giant trampoline with others and having a fun afternoon. However, as you can see when you go to any gym, trampolines are a useful tool for anyone looking to maximize their workouts. Trampoline training is more than just a physical regime; it works your timing and mental awareness.
When I went through rewiring my vestibular system, I was subject to many different workouts in which I had never seen or done. Many of these involved jumping on a trampoline to reset my mind and get my head timed with my feet and hands. Trampoline training keeps your body and mind sharp, as well as in sync.
As trainer Ben Shear states in the following video, it’s not just used to rehabilitate vestibular or concussion issues. Trampolines are used for knee or ankle rehab, as well as late stage and post rehab. Trampoline training is also used for power training, helping your body explode into movements at a faster rate.
You’ll see that when I begin jumping on the trampoline, I am doing everything in my power to remain stiff and really force the trampoline to spring me up. Bent knees or curling of the ankles will not allow the power to flow through your body and into the trampoline.
However, don’t lock up. You want a relaxed motion from head to toe.
As we go through the stages of trampoline training, you start to notice that my head is always looking forward. Just as you are told when training in stickhandling, you want to see what you are doing through your peripheral. If your head is down the whole time and you’re not using your peripheral to watch your feet, your not completing this training properly.
The one-legged hops are a difficult move to master on the trampoline. The key, as is anything with training, is to keep practicing. As Ben tells us, you’ll notice that you (or your child) may be really good one on leg, but not able to do it on the other. Think of this like how you think of cornering on the ice; some players can only do it to the left or to the right. A complete player can do both. This is no exception.
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