NASA scientists, who use trampolining to train their astronauts, describe it as: 'the most efficient and effective form of exercise yet devised by man'.
It exercises every area of the body, it is more effective than sit-ups at strengthening the stomach and burns more calories per hour than jogging.
It is also the most low-impact aerobic exercise you can do apart from swimming, thus making it an ideal choice for people with joint problems or who are overweight.
Why trampolining is good for all manner of health problems?
Trampolining, unlike any other exercise, because of its repetitive bouncing movement affects every cell in the body and helps the lymphatic system to work more efficiently. The lymphatic system's job is to detoxify the body and for this reason trampolining is useful both as a preventative measure and as a cure.
Used regularly it can help people maintain a healthy lymphatic system, and thus ward off colds and other bacteria and viruses. It can help with effective digestion and detoxification by improving the performance of the organs which are concerned with elimination of toxins.
Trampolining is now being advocated to help minimise the effects of diseases, like cancer and arthritis, to help with physical and emotional trauma - and even slow down ageing - by helping to detoxify the immune system, the very thing which these problems attack.
Trampolining, in common with many other forms of exercise, is excellent for helping to maintain a healthy heart and weight level, lower cholesterol and blood pressure, reduce stress and help combat depression. It is effective at reducing the risk of developing diabetes, and can help weight loss and increase the body's metabolism and improve energy levels.
How is trampolining used as a therapy?
Rebound therapy for people with special needs was pioneered in the UK by Eddy Anderson in 1969 and is now offered as a form of therapeutic exercise and recreation throughout the world. Around 40% of UK special needs schools use the therapy.
By using the unique properties of a trampoline, trained therapists are able to help develop balance, movement, fitness, communication and wide range of other skills for participants with mild to severe physical disabilities, including autism. And above all it's fun.