Trampolines give heart a jump start with Skyrobics
Trampolines give heart a jump start with Skyrobics

INDIANAPOLIS It may be a nobrainer that a trampoline center would pack in youngsters But the Sky Zone in Fishers Ind which features a separate space for quotSkyrobicsquot also attracts adults looking for a buoyant way to burn calories as many as 1000 an hour according to the website of the facility that opened in December

quotIts great cardio because your heart rate gets up so high when youre jumpingquot said Lora Smith a Skyrobics instructor quotBecause youre having so much fun you dont notice how much youre workingquot

But that fun may also mask the dangers associated with the trampoline some say

Once used in gym classes trampolines fell out of vogue in the 1970s after a rash of catastrophic injuries A few years later the backyard trampoline soared in popularity and along with it the number of associated injuries

quotUsed as intended trampolines themselves are not inherently hazardousquot said Dr Gary Smith director of the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Childrens Hospital in Columbus Ohio quotBut it has become a toy rather than a training devicequot

Little research exists on the safety of trampoline parks such as Sky Zone But injuries on backyard trampolines have skyrocketed above 100000 in recent years he said

quotTrampoline parks to me thats the big backyardquot he says quotI bet it is a lot of fun I bet it is a gas It just makes sense to me that its a setupquot for injuryquot

Sean McCarthy executive director for the Starz Diving Club views trampolines through different eyes His divers train on trampolines to build up muscles in the legs core stomach and back

Before a diver moves to the trampoline he or she undergoes safety training starting with basic skills in a safety harness and belt and working the way up to more elaborate jumps

quotIts not innate its not natural that an athlete would land on something that could recoilquot he said quotThey have to be trainedquot

Sky Zone owner Jeff Mast doesnt deny that safety is a concern Sky Zone has rules to keep the risk as low as possible

Everyone sits through a safety presentation before jumping Theres no double jumping All jumpers must don hightops with good ankle support and a flat rubber sole No more than 125 people jump per hour and about 15 staffers monitor the courts Smaller kids are discouraged from jumping when adults fill the floor

Still Sky Zone has seen some serious sprains and possibly broken bones he said

Skyrobics classes remove some of the danger Each participant bounces in her own clearly marked square Most participants are women Smith who started teaching after taking the class cautions against working too hard and tries to incorporate strength training

quotIf you have a bad back bad knees or are rehabbing from an injury its not the smartest place to bequot she said

In many ways its no different from exercising in any new environment

Its important to keep that unfamiliar environment in mind as you tire said Anna Marshall a physical therapist at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis

quotIf youre pushing yourself pretty hard as you fatigue you lose formquot she said

None of this concerns Angel White 39 who attends weekly Skyrobics classes A boot camp veteran White said Skyrobics is as highpowered quotIts your whole bodyquot

Most people take only one or two classes which makes sense Smith said

quotI think its part of a workout routine Its a good way for people to shake up their workout routinequot

Date : 26 Mar, 2012
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