Postural Control and Mini Trampoline Training
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Pediatric occupational and physical therapists frequently use mini trampolines during a therapy session or as a recommended activity for home use. This modality for exercise training is used for proprioceptive input, plyometrics, lower extremity strengthening, aerobic fitness, and sensory input. A recent research study examined the impact of trampoline plyometrics on postural control and jumping height in 24 pre-pubertal children (average age 9.3 years old).
The 24 participants (15 girls and 9 boys) were divided into a trampoline group or a control group. The trampoline group completed 4 weeks of plyometric training on a mini-trampoline (3x/week) during physical education class while the control group participated in the standard PE class. Postural sway and maximum height in countermovement and drop jump were measured before and after the intervention.
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