A trampoline is an apparatus that’s used for gymnastics. It is composed of a strong canvas sheet that’s attached with springs or elasticated chords to a metal frame. It is normally used by acrobats, gymnasts and even ordinary people who just want to have fun tumbling or jumping. It is expected that injuries will happen when trampolines are used.
By nature, trampolining involves usage of several muscles in the body and as such it is encouraged that proper monitoring and preparation should be made before using this apparatus.
The common areas of the body that are affected by trampoline injuries are the lumbar spine, ankles and knees. Here’s a brief look on these types of trampoline injuries:
* Lumbar Spine: Once the body makes a contact with the trampoline surface, a significant amount of force is transferred to the lumbar spine area and this is combined with an elevated degree of spinal and back movements. It goes without saying that the flexing, twisting and extending the body when doing gymnastic moves such as tumbling and somersaulting add more stress to the body.
The injuries sustained are oftentimes chronic due to overuse of the muscles surrounding these areas and abrupt adjustment of the body due to the new set of movements. This can be due to learning of newer gymnastic moves. This causes the muscles to experience imbalances. The tried-and-tested cure for these types of injuries is to have strong core stability training. It is important for athletes to have coaches who have better knowledge of these methods. Reliable physiotherapy also plays a key role in an athlete’s development and this is done by experts who have ample background in sports physiotherapy. The training program can take in the form of reducing intensity of the impact of the body to the trampoline and extensive body conditioning to adapt to the demands of the sports involved.
* Knees: The knees are always susceptible to injuries no matter what type of sport is played. In using the trampoline, the knees are impacted once the limbs, ankles and the feet make contact with the canvas. Common injuries identified are patella-femoral pain, patella tendinopathy and Osgood-Schlatter’s Disease. Treatments for knee injuries include taping of the affected area, modifying the training techniques and changing of the routine to lessen the impact on these particle joints.
* Ankles: Poor landing on the trampoline can cause moderate to severe injury on the ankles. A common scenario would be an acrobat or gymnast landing improperly after doing a somersault and cartwheel and landing on the canvas prematurely thus preventing the foot to land improperly and causing cracks and fractures on the ankles. Rehabilitation includes physiotherapy and even corrective surgery if the injury is very serious.
Other serious injuries involve the head and neck area. Fracture on the neck and head can happen when improper landing happens and this could pose serious consequences in the future of an athlete.
It is best that before taking part in trampolining, you should be knowledgeable of the preparation needed for this sport and this can be done by working with a physiotherapist to know the best measures to avoid serious injuries. Contact us today for more information.