NASA Study (1980)
NASA conducted a study in the 1980’s to measure the effectiveness of rebounding in comparisons to jogging and running: “ Body acceleration distribution and O2 uptake in humans during running and jumping” by Bhattacharya, McCutcheon, Shvartz & Greenleaf (1980)
“Rebound exercise is The most efficient, effective form of exercise yet devised by man.” “ . . . for similar levels of heart rate and oxygen consumption, the magnitude of the bio mechanical stimuli is greater with jumping on a trampoline than with running.” Journal of Applied Physiology 49(5): 881-887, 1980.
Lymphatic System Rebounding: Good for the Lymph System by Scrivens (2008)
According to Dave Scrivens, certified lymphologist: “Vertical motion workouts such as rebounding are much different and much more beneficial and efficient than horizontal motion workouts, such as jogging or running.” “The rebounding motion stimulates all internal organs, moves the cerebrospinal fluid and the aqueous fluid within the eyes (many people claim improved eyesight), and does wonders for the intestines” (2008).
Proprioception Study Vijay & Vad (n.d.)
What is proprioception? It is an individuals sense of their body’s movement in space. It allows humans to control their limbs without actually looking at them.
Five healthy subjects were studied before and after a rebounding fitness program. It was found that the rebounding exercise program increased proprioception. This increase has been shown to minimize recurrence of sports injuries to the joints as well as decrease the falls in the elderly, which can lead to other complicated issues such as hip fractures.
Learning Disabilities/ Autism Spectrum Disorder
Akselen (n.d.); Hancock (2003); Miller (2007); Lawrence (2004); Smith & Cook (2007); Sanderson (2012)
Alfhild Akselen, Ph.D., founder of the Texas Association of Children with Learning Disabilities, has found that “Learning disabled children have extremely poor coordination, balance and rhythm”. With over 40 years of experience in this field, Dr. Akselen found when she used Rebounding to improve these conditions the results were amazing! She is a true believer and the first pioneer of rebound exercise for children with special needs (n.d.).
Dr. Akselsen has seen some remarkable results from her rebounding therapy. Children who had been unable to express themselves during their first 15 years of life, having vocabulary of only a few words, were able, after a month or two of rebounding therapy, to speak in complete sentences and express their thoughts: “When the physical defect is corrected, the mental defect is also corrected”, concludes Dr. Akselsen (n.d).
The following are resources you may refer to to find out more information on what has been published about rebounding and the Bellicon.
Bellicon Rebounder: The World’s Best Trampoline. (n.d.). Retrieved from
Lawrence, D. (2004) The Benefits of Trampolining for People with Special
Needs. Saturn V. Retrieved from http://www.saturnv.co.uk/special_needs/benefits.shtml
Miller, A. (2007) Rebound therapy- where is the evidence? Retrieved from
Sanderson, T. (2012). A report on rebound therapy’s usefulness with children with disabilities. Retrieved from
Scrivens, D. (2008). Rebounding: Good for the Lymph System. Well Being Journal, 17 (3). Retrieved from
Smith S, Cook D (2007) Rebound Therapy. In: Rennie J, ed. Learning Disability – Physical Therapy Treatment and
Management, A Collaborative Approach. 2nd Edition John Wiley and Sons: Chichester: 249-262
Vijay, B., Vad, MD. (n.d.) Proprioception Study. Cornell Hospital for Special Surgery. Retrieved from