Today’s question is about the possibility of using a mini trampoline (aka rebounder) for recovery purposes…

Hi,

Do rebounders or mini trampolines have any benefit over other exercise?

www.cbsnews.com says:

“…Rebounding also cleanses cells because the lymphatic system is activated by this type of activity; the cells are constantly being flushed of metabolic waste and saturated with oxygen, nutrients, enzymes etc. The rate of diffusion of water through cell membranes is increased because rebounding activates one way valves in the veins of the lymphatic system. When pressure is below the valves, the valves open (during acceleration, or as you are rising upward on the bounce). When pressure is above the valves, they stay closed (deceleration)…”

It would follow that this is the best recovery exercise around, but it seem a little too simplistic. Do you know of anyone who uses one for recovery?

Sincerely,
“On the Rebound”

Hi there,

Excellent question. I don’t use a rebounder myself, but I have tried one in the past because some of my older relatives bought them to stay fit and healthy in the comfort of their homes. I’m pretty sure they saw them featured on Dr. Oz, and when that happens, they’re sold!

After reading that CBS news article, it does seem like rebounding would be the best recovery exercise around! But I was cringing during the whole article. It sounds like a lot of hyperbole in my opinion.

I can certainly see how this exercise would increase circulation, but I don’t feel that it would do a better job than other exercise and recovery methods. Compression garments could be just as effective (whether your standard compression sleeves or those fancy inflatable units) and much less hassle (i.e. you don’t need to be jumping up and down for them to work).

You’d have to do some direct comparisons, perhaps pitting 2-4 hours of wearing compression leggings against 5 minutes of rebounding.

And strengthening your skeleton? Sure, rebounding is great… compared to sitting on the couch or floating in outer space.

Improving balance and coordination? Well, here’s the thing – if you are already coordinated enough to bounce on a trampoline, I don’t see how rebounding will further improve these skills. You’d have to do some dance moves or something on it!

(Side note: Anyone that does need to improve their balance will need a spotter when they use a rebounder.)

I don’t mean to sound harsh towards rebounding, it’s just the way the news media presents it as a miracle solution that irks me!

I’ve heard elsewhere that jumping on a trampoline three times per week, for 15 minutes each time, can prevent cellulite.

If I can set up a somewhat controlled n=1 study on myself this winter, testing daily rebounding sessions for recovery, I will do it. Until then, if you are capable of other types of exercise (running, cycling, and/or swimming) and recovery methods (ice baths, massage, etc.), I wouldn’t be rushing out to buy a mini trampoline!

Of course, if anyone else has tried a rebounder, please share your story in the comments section below!

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2 Comments
  1. Little kids love trampolines! They’ll be much more likely to borrow your trammpoline than your compression sleeves so keep that in mind.

  2. i used points from a credit card to get the rebounder..big mistake..the video etcetera (and when it was sold on qvc or hsn)made it sound just wonderful..not! taking a walk or even doing a few aerobic moves is better..i tied using the bar and then without it and the supposed low impact to the joints was not true..i would not wate the money again..

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