|One more on Trampolines||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Sharon Villines (sharonsharonvillines.com)|
|Date: Sat, 20 Apr 2019 15:17:12 -0700 (PDT)|
Flying up through the air is different from falling from a tree and other active sports. We had a trampoline and an innstructor in our gym class eons ago when the sport was relatively new. What I learned then was that when you are flying through the air, the body goes where your eyes go. There was a mark on the trampoline in the center of one end that our eyes were supposed to be glued to. Look off to the side quickly and you go to the side, whether that was what you intended to do or not. The teacher stood there with her hands on that spot watching our eyes as we jumped. Men have a center of balance in their shoulders, women in their hips. Thus instructions for each are different—you think different things in order to move this way or that. We were expected to jump 4-5 feet in the air and do things like turn around, do the splits, touch our toes, etc. I stopped at somersaults. Most people just jump a foot or two so things like this may not have such an effect, but if kids are doing more they should have instructions and a spotter. Things may have changed since the 50’s but I suspect similar instructions have been developed to guide the same phenomenon. Sharon ---- Sharon Villines Takoma Village Cohousing, Washington DC http://www.takomavillage.org
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