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Before you join a trampoline class
Dr Ng Chung Sien, sports physician at Singapore Sports Medicine Centre, tell you what to look out for.
1. Start slow if you’re a beginner
Your class should include warm-up and cooling-down exercises to help you avoid injury. Expect to ache after the class but these should lessen within a week or when you work out more regularly.
2. Qualified adult supervision is a must
Unsupervised recreational use of the trampoline can result in catastrophic head injuries, especially in children and teens. Falls from the trampoline can be severe (especially the off-balance bounce) and account of up to 40 per cent of all trampoline injuries.
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3. Check if you have a pre-existing injury or symptoms.
You’ll need to check with your doctor before signing up for a trampoline class:
- Pain in the muscles, joints, ligaments, tendons, nerves, as well as neck, back and limbs.
- Ankle, knee or lower back injuries, as trampoline injuries commonly affect the back and lower limbs.
- Cardiorespiratory issues such as chest pain, shortness of breath, wheezing or dizziness.