N.A.S.A scientists highly recommend use of Trampoline

It was said by Albert E. Carter;

It was confirmed by NASA!


NASA scientists did a scientific research and concluded that trampoline exercise is 68% more effective and efficient than jogging (treadmill) or other forms of exercise. NASA also established that exercising on a trampoline is helpful in rebuilding the bone mass and muscle mass that astronauts tend to lose in the weightlessness of space.

The following is the research report:


To date the most effective and efficient form of exercise devise is the rebound exercise (Trampolining) according to The Miracles of Rebound Exercise; Carter, Albert E.; The National institute of Reboundology and Health, Inc. Edmonds, Washington, 1979.

On this subject NASA comments…. for similar levels of heart rate and oxygen consumption, the magnitude of the biomechanical stimuli is greater with jumping on a trampoline than with running, a finding that might help identify acceleration parameters needed for the design of remedial procedures to avert deconditioning in persons exposed to weightlessness. This statement is among the many that were made in a scientific finding featured in an applied physiology publication (Journal of applied Physiology 49(5): 881-887, 1980). It gives proof to the various statements earlier asserted in the 1979 research “The Miracles of Rebound Exercise “. This researched was done by the Division of Biomechanical Research, Moffett Field California, University of Kentucky, the Wenner-Gren Research laboratory and the University of Lexicon.


The 4 scientists E. Greenleaf, E. p, McCutcheon, A, Bhattacharya and E. Shvariz got the help of 8 young men aged between 19-26 to run on a treadmill, jog and run fast.  The treadmill was paced at 4 different speeds after which the participant was to jump on an average sized trampoline at 4 varied heights to establish how these two modes of exercise differ.
Even though treadmill running has undergone many years of study, scientist have established that “…measurements of the necessary variables have not been reported previously for trampoline exercise.” Testing on the trampoline was done approximately 1 week after testing the treadmill.


The six measurements taken on the eight subjects were

  • Pre exercise pulse
  • A pulse just after exercising
  • The Oxygen used during the exercise
  • The ‘Ankle’ G-force experience while exercising
  • The ‘Lower back’ G- force experience while exercising
  • The ‘Forehead’ G- force experience while exercising


The pulse was acquired by an electrocardiographic unit powered by a battery and attached to the person’s body. This gadget transmits signals to a specially designed receiver that in turn records information electronically by printing it on the chart.


Oxygen consumption measurement was taken by a K- meter carried by the person on their back. Small sensitive accelerometers measured the ankle and forehead G- force.  The gadgets were put in Plexiglas holders taped to the forehead, small of their back and ankle. After an exhaustive medical examination, healthy students were given new Nike Sports (running) shoes and a pair of shorts to regulate the conditions under measurement.


The participants were given orientation sessions on trampoline jumping, treadmill and laboratory procedures. Such familiarization is done to make sure exercise techniques are the same. Every student then ran or walked 4 different speeds above the treadmill with a 5 to 10 minute rest duration in between runs as the scientists wrote down their statistics comparing them with earlier treadmill studies to be accurate.


One week later the same people went back to bounce on the trampoline from 4 varying heights allowing a 5 to 10 minute rest interlude between the workout sessions.  Scientists still took their statistics only that this time there were no previous studies to compare because trampolining had not been studied previously. The only available studies were the preliminaries which had started in the August 1997. These preliminary studies were done on passive restrained animals and humans subjected to growing frequency and amplitude of the forces of vibration meant to boost metabolic activity and heart rate. The responses adduced from whole body vibrations are similar to those during gentle exercise and suggest that the body vibrations could be used instead of exercise for ambulatory people.


The outcome of treadmill vs. trampoline study startled the scientist. These results were however expected at the National Institute of Rebound logy and Health; currently the American Institute of Reboundology, Inc. These are part of the results revealed by NASA scientist


  1. While running on a treadmill, the G-force detected at the ankle was consistently more than double the G- force taken at the forehead and back. This is helpful in explaining knee problems and shin splints especially when the body shock absorbing system gets weak and fails to work properly; thereby exerting unexpected pressure on already fatigued ligaments, muscles and tendons pushing them to the extremes of rapture.
  2. When jumping on a trampoline, all the three points (forehead, ankle and back) realized the same G-force and fairly under the rupture limits of an averagely healthy person. This allows one to exercise the whole body well aware that there isn’t undue pressure exerted on any body part like the legs feet and ankles while also aware that every part is getting the required environmental stresses it needs to get stronger by the cell.
  3. The outer work output at the same oxygen uptake levels was obviously more while jumping on the trampoline than running.  The widest difference was 68%. Efficient use of vertical acceleration and deceleration forces to generate internal loading by direct opposition to the gravitational pull builds more biomechanical work keeping less energy expanded thus lesser oxygen used and lesser demand put on the heart.
  4. When trampolining, the oxygen consumption ratio; in comparison to biomechanical conditioning was at times twice as efficient as running on the treadmill as long as the G-force was kept under 4-Gs. It is crucial to know that even though this experiment was done on a trampoline where those involved were able generate a G-force to the highs of 8- G’s, efficient energy use was under 4Gs.  Those participating in rebound workout on rebound units have only recorded highs of 3.5 G-s (Dr. Ward Dean; Air Force; United States). This ensures that all rebound unit activities are more efficient than running on a treadmill at any speed.
  5. In the instance where the G-force was equal or more than 4- G’S II ….the two regimens registered no significant difference in oxygen uptake.  A participant is able to generate a trampoline force above 4Gs.  Though the consumption is no better efficient than running, it is still better on the lower extremes since most body cells are below the rupture threshold giving way to safe exercise.


To avert the de-conditioning that happens during bed rest immobilization or space flight owing to lack of gravi-receptor stimulation calls for an acceleration profile able to be delivered at a relatively minimum metabolic cost.  Similar metabolic cost & acceleration profile out of jumping will give more stimuli to gravi-receptors. In this statement is verification of the fact that rebound exercise is a great option for those recuperating from an injury or accident, the physically handicapped, senior citizens or anyone in need of physical exercise but hindered by an already existing physical condition.


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