Type 'trampoline' into the YouTube search engine and you'll come up with over 2,620,000 results. Approximately 85% of those results are something to the effect of "My friend acting stupid on a trampoline" or "Trampoline Tricks Gone Wrong". Come on! Are you crazy?
I can't be the first contributor to this blog who has seen this and, subsequently, thought that this can paint a poor picture of the mental and physical health benefits that a trampolines can bring. The truth is, when used appropriately, a trampoline is one of the most useful pieces of health equipment available according to NASA's trampoline studies
. However, I think that their reputation can sometimes suffer when they are used in a way that, frankly, is not very smart.
So, to make things easier, why don't we lay out a short list of good reasons to own a trampoline
- To increase physical fitness
- To increase your ocular-motor skills
- To tone muscles
- To reach your activity level goals
- To improve balance and coordination
- To improve the functioning of the lymphatic system
....and if you purchase a trampoline for these few bad reasons
, you probably need to re-think it.
- To jump off of a house
- To crash into your friends at mid-air
- To try to learn poorly-executed backflips
- To give a scenario that starts with "Watch this!"
- To use it to jump onto other things (especially when the other thing is a moving person, page three of results!)
- To give you a surface on which to wrestle
What do you think? What's the most ridiculous stunt you have ever seen attempted on a trampoline (and how much was the bill!)? Does YouTube encourage this bad behaviour?