How To Get In Sports Shape Using Your Community Field Chairs Or Gym

Are you playing sports in a local league? Feel like playing some football or baseball again? If it has been years since you have played, you will want to work out. A college or professional team will allow you access to wonderful facilities and experienced trainers. By joining a neighborhood league, you will have to learn how to train on your own. Strength and endurance training will help you get into excellent shape while preventing injuries.

No matter what game you are playing, endurance is going to be crucial. For fields like soccer, basketball, and football, strong endurance will be helpful. To build endurance, you will want to do cardio techniques. Something like running is possible to do almost anywhere. If you have a membership to a gym, you can do this on a treadmill. If you can't go to a gym, run around your neighborhood, or at your community park.

Just as critical to endurance is speed. Interval training and cardio drills are also a great way to build your speed. To build speed with interval training, you will want to run at different paces. Take advantage of running the bleachers and grandstands at your community gym or field. Use your community stadium stands, if you have entry. Stairs can help with both your endurance and your speed.

Strength will also be crucial regardless of what sport you are going to join. Build strength by developing a comprehensive weight-lifting program. You can do weights at your neighborhood gym, or at home if you have specific equipment. It can be a good idea to have a workout friend, or at least someone else around to help you if you needed it. Put together a routine that includes squats, bench and shoulder presses, deadlifts, and pull-ups. You will get stronger, and really be in shape for game day.

No matter what you are attempting, being in excellent shape will help you to play your best. A private coach or trainer can also help. With a bit of research, you can do all of this alone. You will want to be certain you are also staying hydrated and eating right. All of this training will ensure that you can have fun during the game.

The Magic of Depth Jumps

Depth jumps almost have a mythical status in vertical jump training. On one hand they can be extremely effective at generating quick and impressive results in your jumping ability, and on the other hand, their incorrect application can very quickly lead to injury. So what do you do? For a start, you can read this article and find out what the is the best and most appropriate way to incorporate this great exercise into your training program.


Depth jumps are an excellent exercise to help improve reactive/eccentric strength. One of the great things about them is that often they provide immediate and noticeable gains in jump height. The down side is that these short term results often lead to them being abused as a training tool (see below).

Depth jump is simply a jump that is performed after the athlete has dropped to the ground off a platform or box. The jump should be both immediate and rapid. As the goal of depth jumps is to improve an athlete's reactive strength, the less bending of the knees and the less time the feet are in contact with the ground, the more effective it is.

One of the more commonly heard myths about this exercise is that you should land on your toes and that your heels should not touch the ground. The rationale for this is that your heels touching the ground increases contact time.

This myth is half true. Yes your heels touching the ground may increase contact time, but the landing and jumping can still be performed sufficiently fast so that they provide plenty of reactive stimulation. The other upside to a bit of heel contact is that it helps reduce the pressure on your joints by increasing the surface area over which forces can be dissipated.

Another quick point about performing depth jumps is that they are very hard on your CNS. In order to get the most out f them you should make sure you have plenty of rest between sets (2-3 minutes at least. The more reps you perform per set, the more rest you need between sets). You should also get plenty of rest between training sessions. Even with advanced athletes I would still only recommend their use up to twice per week.


Before I continue I wanted to address one of the biggest issues that coaches have with depth jumps - safety. Over the years the abuse of them in an athletes training program has lead to many reporting injuries from their use. Due to this there are a lot of coaches who feel that only advanced athletes should use them (often quoted is the need for a minimum of a 1.5x BW squat).

This however is something that to I do not entirely agree with. Why? I believe it has more to do with the volume and the drop height causing the injuries, not the exercise itself. After all you only have to look around the various athletic chat rooms to see that there are plenty of athletes will lots of strength and training experience who have still had problems from depth jumps.

Another way to look at it is that no one argues that squats are a great way to build strength in the legs. If you have never squatted before the chances are that you would be pretty bad at it. The squat is also a reasonably advanced exercise. It requires balance, core strength, decent range of motion etc as well as strength.

Does this mean that you wouldn't have a beginner squat? No of course not. What it does mean however is that instead of loading up the bar with 2x your bodyweight you would pick a very light weight to start with and work up from there.

The same approach should be applied to depth jumps. They are a great way to develop reactive strength. Just because you are not great at them to begin with doesn't mean you cannot do them, it just means you have to start nice and easy. In this case nice and easy means starting with a low box and with low number of jumps until you have found a height and volume that allows you to perform the movement quickly, correctly, and most important of all, safely.

One final comment about depth jumps and training experience that I would like to make is that it is my experience that stronger, more experience athletes definitely get more out of this exercise. However it is also the case the stronger athletes generally get more out of all jumping exercises. Why? Stronger athletes have the potential to generate more force and performing plyometrics such as depth jumps and other jumping drills helps reduce the explosive strength deficit (ESD).

Less experienced and weaker athletes do not have the ability to generate much force to begin with so there ESD is generally going to be much smaller meaning they have less to gain from plyometric activities.

What is the ESD you ask? The ESD is the difference between how much force you can develop if you have an unlimited amount of time against how much force you can develop when our time is limited. A powerlifter might be able to squat 4 times his bodyweight but if he can't jump high it just means he cannot access his strength quick enough and he has a high ESD.

A sprinter might squat only 2.5 times his bodyweight but he can access that strength much more rapidly which allows him to run so fast and often jump quite high. What does this mean to you? It basically means that if you are inexperienced and not very strong and you are going to use this exercise in your program, you would be well advised to also be doing plenty of strength work as well.


The intensity of the exercise is largely determined by the height from which you drop, and as such the box height (in conjunction with training volume) must be carefully monitored to ensure both safety and effectiveness. If you use a box height that is too high the obvious problem is as already covered, the increased chance of injury.

The other issue related to excessive drop height is that it can create an eccentric (downward) force that is too great for the athlete's reactive strength to handle. So even though the athlete might not injure themselves on that jump, the downward force might still be too great for them to rebound straight back up off the ground quick enough for there to be a decent training effect.

So what is an appropriate height? The most commonly prescribed method is to identify the drop height that allows you to jump the highest when performing a depth jump. The process of determining what this height is might take a bit of trial and error.

A number of authors (Chu, Baggett) suggest the following method.

Step 1. Perform a standing vertical jump (SVJ) and mark the height you 2. Stand on an 18 inch box and perform a depth jump trying to beat your 3. If you did not reach the same height as your SVJ, keep lowering the box in 6 inch intervals until you can reach the same or a higher 4. If you did reach a same or higher point than your standing vertical you keep raising the height of the box in 6 inch intervals until your performance declines.

An example might be:Standing Vertical Jump Height Touched: 290cm

Test 1 - Height Touched Off 18 inch box: 292cmTest 2 - Height Touched Off 24 inch box: 295cmTest 3 - Height Touched Off 30 inch box: 289cm

Optimal drop height therefore would be a 24 inch box.

Alternatively the situation might look like this: Standing Vertical Jump Height Touched: 290cm

Test 1 - Height Touched Off 18 inch box: 287cmTest 2 - Height Touched Off 12 inch box: 288cm

Recommendation - If you have an insufficient strength, do not do this exercise.

This is generally accepted as very a good way to determine your optimal drop height but I don't believe it is the best way. Comparing depth jump height to standing vertical jump height really only indicates how reactively strong you are. If you can't match your standing vertical jump from a 12 inch box this doesn't mean you should not do depth jumps (as suggested by Chu), it just means you are low in reactive strength.

The better way for determining the optimal depth jump height is to start on a 6 inch box and work your way up in 6 inch increments until you find the drop height that results in the highest touch.

For example:

Test 1 - Height Touched Off 6 inch box: 290cmTest 2 - Height Touched Off 12 inch box: 296cmTest 3 - Height Touched Off 18 inch box: 293cmTest 4 - Height Touched Off 18 inch box: 292cm

Optimal drop height in this case is 12 inches.

What about drop height for single leg depth jumps? The answer that comes to mind is to use a box half the height of your regular two foot variety. However, it isn't quite so simple. Landing and jumping with two feet is much easier as you have two legs pretty evenly spaced apart to do not only balance you, but to generate the force required for the jump.

When you land on a single leg it is much harder for your joints and muscles to absorb the eccentric forces. For single leg depth jumps I would use exactly the same method I just outlined but I would start with a 6 inch box and move up from there in 3 inch instead. You will be surprised how dramatically your performance drops off when using the single leg version.

Speaking of drop height the next question is when should you start to increase it? Whilst progression is the key to achieving your vertical jump goals, you don't want to do it too quickly, particularly with high impact plyometrics. You should start increasing the box height only after you have made noticeable improvements in your jump height without sacrificing the speed of the jump.


The short answer to this is no. One of the great things about this exercise is that often they provide very good gains in a short space of time. However the rate of these gains also tapers off quite quickly. What this leads to is athletes thinking that more is better so they end up doing way too much volume for too long a period of time.

It is this overuse of depth jumps that I believe has contributed to so many injuries in the past. The length of time you should use them for will once again depend on the height of the box, the volume of jumps performed, and the training experience of the athlete. Once your gains taper off take a break from them for a few months and when you come back you will be ready once again to take advantage of this exercise.


Depth jumps can be a very beneficial exercise for improving your vertical jump. They frequently rate in many coaches top 10 jumping exercises lists. However abuse of them has often resulted in injuries leaving them with a bad reputation with many coaches.

Hopefully in this article I have given you some good ideas about how to safely incorporate this interesting exercise into your vertical jump training. The key points are to start conservatively, and to use low boxes and low volume until you start to get a feel for what you can handle.

One final thing, depth jumps are just one exercise out of many you can perform to help you jump higher. If you are worried about getting injured, or that you are not sufficiently prepared to use them - then don't. There are plenty of vertical jump exercises you can do besides this one.

Choosing Trampoline Mats – Determining Size And Shape

Have you been using your backyard trampoline as part child-entertainment device and part personal gym? The uses and benefits of a trampoline are endless, and many have traded in their expensive gym memberships for a few hours of bouncing and stretching on the home trampoline every day. AS with all types of structures that encounter a lot of daily wear and tear, it's not unlikely that trampoline parts will have to be replaced every now and then. It's important to know how to go about choosing trampoline mats, as well as the best ways for measuring the structure to be fitted with replacement parts.

As you're probably already aware, trampolines come in many different shapes and sizes. There are mini trampolines, also referred to as rebounders, that are typically used indoors because they won't provide enough of a bounce to risk hitting your head on the ceiling. From there, you can move up to mid-sized trampolines, usually about eight to ten feet in diameter, which should be used outside, as well as full-sized trampolines which are fourteen to fifteen feet in diameter or larger. Trampolines are available in the traditional round shape, as well as square, and rectangular

When it comes to choosing trampoline mats, the most important pieces of information to have are the correct diameter of the structure, as well as your preferred mat connection method, spring size, and spring count. If you've never measured your trampoline before, you should know that round trampoline mats are sized by measuring directly across the widest part of the circle. Measure several times, from several different sides before you decide that you've got the correct measurement. It's important to remember that you should only measure from the mat edge, never include the springs in your assessment.

Figuring out a spring count isn't that difficult: simply count the number of springs that connect your trampoline mat to the frame. To determine the measurements of the springs themselves, it's important to take one completely off of the trampoline. Any stretching or bending will distort your measurement. You should measure the springs from the arc of the first hook to the arc of the other hook. Keep in mind that conventional spring sizes typically range from 4.75" - 9". The last thing you want to consider when shopping for trampoline mats is the type of connection to the spring. Many have metal hooks sewn in, but these tear easily. Some people prefer fabric bands which remove the need for springs at all.

How to Find The Right Gymnastics Kids Training

Gymnastics Australia coordinates many programs for kids to encourage physical fitness from a very young age. Childrens can begin participating in gymnastic from a very early age. Children can join the classes from 2 to 3 years of age. In these gymnastic classes fun activities are offered so as to develop the coordination, balance, fine and gross motor skills. Classes are offered for all pre-school age children and cater to their age and their specific needs. Gymnastics Australia coordinates a program entitled Kindergym which is an initiative aimed at 2-3 year olds. The program aims to encourage childrens to become active and participate in beautiful activity of kids gymnastics.

Gymnastics classes teach childrens various aspects of gymnastic depending on the discipline they are focused on and their level of expertise. Qualified coaches are well-motivated about educating the children on specific skills required to successfully adapt to and master particular gymnastic disciplines. Since gymnastics is an excellent activity for both boys and girls to become involved in, parents can take initiative and admit their childrens in gymnastic in their early years. According to experts admitting kids early in gymnastics training is an effective way to develop a child's balance, coordination and basic motor skills. Children can continue with gymnastic training right through their childhood years.

A qualified gymnastic instructor proves to be valuable as the childrens become older and require more advanced training according to their body type. Gymnastic coach can provide proper advice and help the child excel in the sport.

Eclipse Gymnastics offer General Gym program which caters to childrens in the age group of 5 - 12 years old. These classes usually run for 1 hour after school and on Saturday mornings. New children aged 12 years and over are offered classes suitable to their age group and ability level. General gym program incorporates a series of activities to build up strength, suppleness, coordination and the basics of gymnastic skills, by means of a multiplicity of gymnastic equipment. This program is approved as perfect foundation for recreational and competitive gymnastics training programs, as well as other sports that childrens may practice in the future.

By successfully participating in gymnastic children will ideally develop good flexibility, sound level of physical fitness, sound level of strength and coordination and enhanced creative ability.

Jumping On A Trampoline Does It Have Health Benefits?

Have you stopped exercising on a regular basis because an injury or illness has left sapped your energy and endurance? Are you desperate for a way to start rebuilding your muscle strength while also working to lose weight, but can't handle the high cost of a physical trainer, or the impact of most gym machinery? Many people have found themselves in this same position, and the unexpected solution has often turned out to be jumping on a trampoline. You might think of these structures as mere children's toys, but they've actually been shown to have considerable health benefits.

If you've never thought about using a trampoline as your own personal workout center, it might be a good idea to familiarize yourself with the different types of jumping structures and their respective uses. The most common kind of trampoline, the small, shallow styles that many children play with at school, is actually called a rebounder. This design is perfect if you want to take advantage of the health benefits of the trampoline, without committing your entire yard to the larger models. If you want to take full advantage of the workout that jumping on a trampoline can provide, getting a full size model equipped with trampoline mats and enclosures is the way to go.

The most important health benefit of jumping on a trampoline is the cardiovascular stimulation. When you're bouncing up and down, using your muscles to propel yourself into the air, or bending and stretching on the trampoline's elastic surface, you'll be breathing deeply, increasing your heart rate and blood flow. You might even break a sweat, which is something that's all too easy to avoid in today's sedentary lifestyle. Cardiovascular workouts are the best way to reduce your body fat as well.

Another important health benefit of jumping on a trampoline is the strength workout that you'll be giving your muscles. Because the trampoline springs provide a great deal of resistance (i.e. they're pushing back against your weight) just walking and bouncing around is actually a workout for the muscles in your legs. When you start working on jumping as high as possible, your core muscles will also be given a workout because they are how you stay balance and coordinate your landings and takeoffs. As you become more confident on the structure, you'll be able to incorporate tuck jumps and jumping jacks, which work out even more muscle groups at once.

How to Clean a Trampoline Clean Jumping

Have you been enjoying the exercise and entertainment provided by your backyard trampoline for many months? Are you noticing that every time you come down for a big bounce on the trampoline mat, a cloud of dirt, dust, and possibly even yard debris is jumping up and down with you? Just like all sports equipment, trampolines must be well maintained in order to last a long time. If you're interested in getting the most out of your investment, it's important to know how to clean a trampoline mat and the trampoline parts properly so that they will remain in good working order. There are many different shapes and sizes of trampolines, from the mini rebounders that are used in the comfort of your basement or living room, to the large indoor/outdoor gymnasium models that can be up to sixteen feet in length. There are rectangular, circular, and square models available in the entire variety of sizes. No matter what your trampoline looks like, it depends on the same collection of parts to work correctly.

Trampoline springs, mats, pads, and covers must be kept clean and repaired so that you can have a safe jumping experience. The first thing to do if your trampoline needs cleaning is to find a relatively clean household broom. If you've got trampoline pads installed over the frame and springs, you should remove it before starting to sweep. Get on top of the trampoline mat and give it a brisk sweep, making sure to start from one end and sweep all dirt and debris to the other end, and onto the ground. While you're sweeping, make sure to be on the lookout for any tears, frayed threads, holes or any other indication that the mat itself might be in need of repair. After sweeping, use a garden hose to soak the entire trampoline mat with water. Much of the water will seep through the tiny holes in the mat and drip onto the ground below, so make sure you perform this step over a grassy area or driveway where the water won't mix with dirt to form mud. Use a damp sponge and some mild detergent to scrub the entire surface of the trampoline mat, again looking for any signs that the mat has become damaged during use. Use the hose to spray all the soap suds and dirt away when you're done scrubbing, and pat dry with a rag or towel.

Kids’ Gymnastics is Good For Your Toddler’s Total Growth

Kids experience a critical level of development during their toddler years. Their bodies grow fast and their minds absorb every little thing they encounter. If you'd like your son or daughter to become well-rounded, enroll them in hobbies that will develop both their mental and physical capabilities. Gymnastics for toddlers is really a strongly recommended activity that does just that.

If you think that this is just for girls, you better think again. All kids are going to gain from it, irrespective of whether you have a boy or a girl. There are numerous benefits that come with this kind of activity as well. It helps young children be more coordinated and much more conscious of their own bodies during their childhood. It also provides them with the social gear they will use for the remainder of their own existence. They learn numerous ideas that let them come to be stronger and positive individuals. Eventually, they are going to have the tools required to become blissful, healthy grown ups in the future.

Get started as early as 2 years old and aid your little one through a variety of hurdles which will strengthen her muscles. You not merely help her build up self-confidence, but you will also get to relish bonding time too. Your kid shall learn to have faith in you while you guide her through many different routines.

While your child grows, exercises will change in line with her growth. Physically, kids' gymnastics enables them to evaluate their power. Likewise, they also develop flexibility. Following several classes, they're going to learn how to respect their coach as well as their friends. They are socially aware enough to begin making friends. For parents, it's time to gradually let them go and let your young children discover our world on their own. This helps them to become more independent.

A hobby like gymnastics for toddlers shows your young ones the worth of hard work and perseverance. Giving young children various exercises to learn will help set targets. Providing challenges not just pushes their own bodies to completely new boundaries. It lets them use their resourceful thinking and think ahead. They uncover the term perseverance, and how fantastic it feels to reach a target on their own. In the end, knowing they completed their dreams is definitely the reward they get for being persistent.

As they're learning how to become better individuals, your youngsters are discovering more details on the condition of their own bodies. For many, kids' gymnastics is an effective method of achieving the best physical health and also battling undesired heaviness. Recently, an increasing number of kids are experiencing cardiovascular disease, diabetic issues and other weight-related problems. Going for a physical activity such as this helps them keep in shape. Gymnasts know the importance of having a proper diet as well. Your kids will be taught to eat right and turn it into a habit for life.

Gymnastics for toddlers lets young kids grow to be more powerful men and women. They develop their physical physiques and as a result, become a great deal more socially aware. If you are searching for one valuable recreation for your kid, this is definitely one which offers holistic development and maturity.

How do we Deal With Bullies

What happens when a kid is a bully? Sadly, sometimes nothing. In the movies the bully always gets their comeuppance, but life is not a movie and often what we wish would happen to the bad guys actually happen in reverse. Often the aggressors are rewarded for their behavior. They get what they are seeking by becoming popular or promoted. This is usually evident in the world of athletics where an aggressive person is seen as an asset to the team. Bullies get away with their actions because weaker players will align themselves with the bully to protect themselves from being at risk themselves.

You may think that your kids are not the bullying kind, and maybe that's true. But bullying takes on many shapes. Using gossip or spreading rumours to maintain their alliances or to increase their own popularity is still the act of bullying. Also being complacent to do nothing while being aware of something wrong is also a form of bullying."Most teens don't bully and may not experience it [personally], but they're often bystanders or witnesses," says Dr. Sue Limber, PhD, MLS, professor of psychology and associate director of the Institute on Family and Neighborhood Life at Clemson University. Other kids might look up to athletes as role models so when a kid in that role doesn't condone negative behavior, they may not, either. "Athletes are often popular and respected by their peers at school. It's important that they not abuse their power and are positive role models for speaking out against bullying and helping prevent it," says Dr. Limber.

What do we need to tell our children when they witness or are the intended target of a bully? We usually advise that they go to an adult and report the threat as soon as possible. However, sometimes this can be a recognition to the bully that they are getting through to the target, they are afraid and on the run. I would never tell a child "not" to report a perceived threat, but they need to be aware of the actual threat. Yes, sticks and stones may break bones, and words too can be dangerous, but sometimes acknowledging a bully gives them incentive. Sometimes, it's best to walk away. However, at some point all bullies should be reported. It is not OK for a child to feel threatened. Ever.

Many times kids understand the message they hear from teachers and counselors when they are told about how terrible bullying is, but they don't feel that they are doing any bullying. They don't see that rumors, gossip or making comments online are what they are hearing about. They don't feel that turning a blind eye is just another form of condoning the aggressive acts. We need to educate our kids that listening to, and spreading gossip is still an abusive act. My son comes home from school and tells me that someone called him "stupid." I ask "Are you stupid?" to which of course he says no. Then I advise him that he shouldn't listen to someone elses opinion about him if they don't know him. The bully is the one with no credibility. Izzy Kalman, certified school psychologist, recommends harnessing your power instead of focusing on being a victim. The next time you hear a rumor about yourself, simply ask the gossip, "Do you believe it?" Even if the rumor is true, Kalman says it makes no difference. "It's just like with name-calling. The real reason they call you names has nothing to do with the truth. It only has to do with making you the loser."

Kids need strength to overcome the assertiveness of a bully. Next time I will share some thoughts on how sports can help a child avoid being a target, or help if the child feels threatened.

Bouncing Capability – Choosing Trampoline Springs

Did you expect to love your backyard trampoline as much as you do? Adults and children alike are discovering the low impact workout and high excitement fun that is possible when they set up a trampoline in their backyard. The unique rebounding motion of jumping on a trampoline allows you to burn calories, strengthen your core muscles, learn impressive gymnastic feats, and shake toxins loose from your body's cells, all in one fluid experience! Of course, in order to maintain this special bouncing ability, you have to know a little bit about how to maintain all of the essential trampoline parts, especially the trampoline springs.

Many people don't realize just how important good quality galvanized steel trampoline springs are to the bouncing capability of their backyard trampoline. If you're thinking about saving some money and purchasing the first used or discount trampoline you can find in a local department store, you might be setting yourself and your kids up for a real disappointment. Cheap trampolines are often made with fewer, and poorer quality springs that their top of the line counterparts. The money that you save on the initial purchase will be far surpassed by all the money you have to spend repairing and replacing trampoline springs.

When you're shopping for trampolines, make sure to choose the structure that offers the highest number of trampoline springs around the edges. The most springs there are, the less impact each individual spring will be forced to bear while you're jumping. This extends the life of the springs and increases the elasticity of the trampoline mat, which is the surface you'll be bouncing on. No matter how many springs there are, it's still important to inspect all trampoline parts before each time you jump on it. Sometimes wear and tear can occur quickly and quietly, especially when the trampoline is being store outside.

Complete sets of trampoline springs often cost around sixty or seventy dollars, but they could be more or less depending on the quality and the retailer that you purchase them from. It's a good idea to avoid replacing an entire set at once by keeping some spare trampoline springs on hand so that you can replace them as needed. It's also helpful if you purchase a trampoline cover so that your springs will be out of the sun, rain, wind, and dirt, when it's not in use. If you notice a damaged spring, make sure you don't let anyone on the structure until it's properly repaired.

Taking Your Jumps to The Next Level Trampoline Jumping Boards

Were you completely excited when your parents told you that they were buying a full-sized trampoline for the backyard? Instead of sitting inside all day with boring video games and television programs, you finally had a fun activity to participate in outside. During the first few weeks that you had the trampoline, you probably spent time getting used to the bounciness of the trampoline platform, the height that you could get on the jumps, and the way that the rebounding motion worked out your core muscles and legs. For some talented jumpers, however, just jumping straight up and down can get a little boring.

If you're looking for a way to take your trampoline jumping to the next level, you might want to think about exploring some of the extra trampoline accessories that are available at recreational supply stores and online trampoline outlets. One of the most exciting trampoline accessories is the jumping board. Fashioned to look and feel just like a skateboard, snowboard, or wakeboard, this piece of equipment is the perfect way to impress your friends with your cool looking jumps, flips, and twists while jumping on the trampoline.

The most important thing to remember when using the trampoline jumping board is that your feet will be attached to the same piece of equipment, so landing is going to feel a bit weird for a while. Although the foot straps for a jumping board aren't nearly as complicated as those for a snowboard or wakeboard, they can feel awkward. That's why jumping boards are only recommended for those who have developed some moderate to advanced skills on the trampoline already. Another thing to remember is that while the jumping board isn't as heavy or hard as a real snowboard or skateboard, they still don't feel good when they're coming down on someone's head from ten feet up in the air. That's why you should never jump with more than one person on the trampoline at once.

Another safety precaution to think about when you're using the jumping board is that you're likely going to get more air than ever before. Because people using the board are often concentrating on their trampoline tricks, it can be easy to forget about landing in the center of the trampoline mat where the net is the most forgiving. In order to prevent your body from landing funny and flying off of the trampoline and onto the ground, it's important to install a trampoline enclosure.