Trampoline Tumbling

Written by Donald Sparacin
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Trampoline tumbling is not typically the "backyard" sport that many people believe it to be. Somersaults should never be attempted on the family trampoline since the jumper cannot really attain the heights necessary for a safe execution. Competitive trampoline tumbling should be practiced in a controlled, institutional environment, not with the neighborhood kids. Attempting to perform tumbling maneuvers without proper training and skill can result in serious injury.

Trampoline Tumbling Is a Very Advanced Discipline

Trampoline tumbling is now an Olympic event. Jumpers gain altitude of upwards of 30 feet. This kind of height is necessary to achieve the time necessary for safe execution of twists, somersaults, and flips. The jumper must be in top athletic condition in order to perform these highly difficult maneuvers, and their spotters are similarly highly trained professionals.

Far too often children will attempt to practice tumbling on their backyard trampolines. The first few attempts almost always fail, and if the child is lucky they only suffer embarrassment. Yet if the child attempts a tumbling maneuver and lands incorrectly, they can cause serious injury to their neck or head. Encourage them instead to practice safer maneuvers that can be just as fun without being dangerous.

There are basic maneuvers that must be mastered before moving on to learning tumbling. Learn the hand and seat drop, seat drop, hands and knees drop, and front drop first, and then move into the twist drops. After mastering these basics, if the jumper is interested in moving on to the higher levels of trampoline tumbling, they are seriously encouraged to enlist the aid of a certified trampoline instructor to take them along their path to becoming a serious trampoline athlete.


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