Many parents buy a trampoline thinking it’s a brilliant way to get the children outdoors and expending excess energy, but trampolines provide many other unrealised developmental benefits for little bodies – as long as they are used safely.
Connect Chiropractic owner and author Dr Kathleen Lawson, a specialist in paediatric chiropractic care, said children can develop their coordination and balance on a trampoline while also increasing aerobic fitness and improving brain activity.
“The major way that a growing brain learns about what body parts are up to, where they are and how to control them is through movement,” Dr Lawson explained. “The highest number of receptors for movement are located in your joints and the soft tissues around those joints. Regular gentle exercise, like jumping on a pliable surface like a trampoline mat, is ideal for activating those receptors and ‘feeding’ the growing brain.”
“Recent research shows that learning happens first physically, then mentally or academically. This physical development lays down the groundwork and patterns for brain activity that then allows for future academic learning.”
“That’s why kids with learning difficulties are now routinely given eye exercises, balance exercises and coordination activities to help get their brains ready for the academics. The research shows that kids with good balance and coordination have an easier time learning other things.”
“Better bodies mean better brains!”
In light of the recent Choice report that showed 11 out of 12 trampoline brands failed safety testing, Dr Lawson stressed the importance of protecting your child from injury while they used the backyard trampoline.
She recommended Springfree Trampoline, the one and only brand that did pass the consumer watchdog’s rigorous tests. “Well done to Springfree Trampoline for investing in the research, engineering and quality materials that ensure our kids can play safely and develop great coordination, aerobic fitness, balance and improved brain activity,” Dr Lawson said.
“It really is a no-brainer – a Springfree Trampoline is a superb investment in your child’s health. My family is worth this quality and safety.”
Springfree Trampoline offers FREE Kids Basic Trampoline Moves during the school holidays at their Experience Centres in Sydney and Melbourne. These are great 1 hour sessions held by professional trainers, to teach your children how to safely perform basic moves on their backyard trampolines.
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