What is Rebound Therapy?

The phrase ‘Rebound Therapy’ was coined by the founder, E.G Anderson, in 1969, to describe the use of trampolines
to provide therapeutic exercise and recreation for people with a wide range of special needs.

Rebound Therapy is used to facilitate movement, promote balance, promote an increase or decrease in muscle tone,
promote relaxation, promote sensory integration, improve fitness and exercise tolerance, and to improve communication skills. Participants involved in the program have ranged from mild to severe physical disabilities and from mild to profound and multiple learning disabilities, including dual sensory impairment and autistic spectrum.

The principles of Rebound Therapy form the basis of gymnastic movement and can be used as a starting point for all trampoline coach training

So Why the Trampoline?

The Trampoline is often seen as fun activity by children, unlike other more traditional forms of exercise. It is this ‘fun’ element that provides a distraction to the structured program that is being undertaken.

The Rebound Therapy program is greatly enhanced when the Practitioner is able to create variable patters of movement
in harmony with the needs of the user. The two then share the surface of the trampoline with the Practitioner adjusting the effect of weight and speed in order to ensure smooth transitions between the phases of movement undertaken

What are three benefits of Rebound Therapy?

There are four key potential benefits that RT provides to the participant:
• Physiological
• Therapeutic
• Sensory input
• Interpersonal

 

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