Whenever you feel stressed for look for some exercise, you can always enjoy great backyard fun with your trampoline. Families with kids should invest in the best trampolines: kids are crazy for them. But things are no longer interesting when a person tries to perform a technique above his or her level and end up getting serious injuries. It is essential to master the basic skills first and learn how to bounce and maintain correct body posture at the same time before moving on to tricky moves: This is exactly what this article is about
Before we look into trampoline techniques, let’s go over basic safety requirements first:
- Do not jump when you are pregnant, injured or have some health limitations
- Wear proper clothing with no sharp or protruding objects in it
- Do not overcrowd the trampoline and pay attention to the weight limit:
- Adult supervision is required for little kids.
- Always check the trampoline conditions: make sure it is dry and free of any debris like toys, leaves or small rocks so that no one trips or lands on them; clear the area around the trampoline so that people can jump without obstruction (like tree branches); put/move the trampoline to a level surface; check if there are no holes and tears on the mat, no missing springs and if the springs are securely attached;
- Consider extra protection like spring padding and safety enclosure net to prevent injuries
- Understand your skill level: do not attempt to perform somersaults, flips or other tricky moves;
Now, you are ready to jump. Here are some basic for everyone and tips for performing them properly:
- Basic bouncing
This is the first skill in trampoline that everyone needs to learn: it is also the most important one that serves as the fundamental skill for any other skill. After all, in the beginning, you always need to get off the bed surface and find yourself in the air.
To start bouncing, stand at the center of the bed and keep your feet distance about the shoulder width. Bend both of your knees slightly at the same time and then push them against the bet surface. As you are pushed up in the air, straighten your legs and lift your arms up above your head. At the maximum height of your jump, your arms should be fully extended. You should land on the bed with the same position as the starting one.
Two things you should take note here: if you try to push on the bed harder and faster, you will bounce higher. However, start slow and keep thing under control at first.
- Tuck jump.
This is the type of technique that looks like a straight jump at first with your arms high. Push the bed with your legs so that you bounce in the air. When you nearly reach the maximum height for the jump, bring your knees towards your chest and try to grab the knees with your hands. By the time you reach the maximum height, your shins should be parallel to your back, your knees are close to your chest and your hands touch neat the front of the knees. The tuck movement should happen very fast.
- Seat Drop
Sit on the center of the bed and straight your leg so that your toes are pointed. Make three bounces. At the beginning level, you can use your hands to get up but when you become experienced, you can stop it.
At the last bounce, pick up your feet. When you land, drop off the legs and push down with your hands. The trick for beginners is not to pick up your feet too soon and bounce at an appropriate height which is not too high or too low
- Knee Drop
Like the name suggests, you jump and drop on your knees. First, you need to kneel with your back straight and do not sit on your heels. Take one to three drops and make sure you have good alignment of the following parts: shoulders, hips, and knees.
- Hands And Knees Drop
Start bouncing from an upright position. Take 3 low bounces and reach forwards with your hands. When you land, you land on all fours simultaneously with your back parallel to the bed. It is important that the hips, legs, knees, and lower legs are at right angles. Keep your head slightly ahead as you land. Then, rebound to your feet.
- Front Drop
This is the type of technique in which the landing position must be done properly or strain can occur in the back area. Basically, you will land on your stomach.
Start with a knee drop or hands and knee drops. As you rebound, you stretch and land on your stomach but keep your head up and extend your arms forward. You should not drop with your hands out to the sides. Then, you can return to the standing position by pushing with your arms.
Front drop can be really fun once you get the hang of it.
- Back drop
At first, the back drop looks scary and people are worry about the possibility of whiplash.
You start in an upright position. Make a straight jump with your chest and hips lightly forwards. Remember to extend your arms and legs as much as possible, and then you rotate your body backwards 90 degrees (it is like making a back flip). You should land in the middle of your back with your chin up. To bounce back up to a straight position, you need to point your arms and legs upwards. Again, start with low bounce first.
It is necessary to master these seven techniques first, and then you can learn to twist and perform other challenging techniques. You skill improves as you practice so be patient and start with low bounces first before increasing the height. Remember that proper posture is the key to prevent unnecessary injuries. Hope you will have a great time jumping on the trampoline now!