New JumpCourt A Safe,
Effective & Fun Workout Kids
statistics are startling and disturbing: 4.7 million
children aged 6-17 were overweight in 1991, up 15% in
just ten years; 98% of 7-12 year olds have at least
one risk factor (high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol,
excess body fat) for heart disease. Fewer than one in
four children get 30 minutes of any type of physical
activity - moderate or vigorous - every day.
William Kish, Chairman of the American Academy of Pediatrics'
Nutrition Committee, calls this youthful trend toward
inactivity and obesity "an epidemic." And
because physical fitness carries so many ancillary benefits
- a reduction in the risk of illness and injury, and
the promotion of academic performance, leadership and
positive behavior, exercise is critical.
with so many sedentary hobbies competing for their time
- television, video games, the Internet - how do you
get kids off the couch and back in shape?
studies confirm that physically active students perform
notably better on exams than less active children,"
states Dr. Carla Hannaford in her acclaimed book Smart
Moves. "It is essential to the learning process
to allow children to explore every aspect of movement
the answer could be just a hop, skip and a jump away
- the backyard trampoline - which combines an invigorating
aerobic workout with a bouncing good time. And with
JumpSport's new JumpCourt, the first ever safety enclosure
and game court, trampolines are now a safe way for kids
of all ages to get fit.
was my first priority," explains JumpSport founder
Mark Publicover about his exciting new product. "Parents
want their children to be active without risking serious
injury." The JumpCourt addresses that concern with
an innovative safety net system designed to catch falling
jumpers and safely direct them back onto the trampoline.
it's important for the activity to be fun, as well. "If you say the word exercise to a kid, too often
they think of running laps around the track or doing
calisthenics," Publicover states.
JumpCourt tackles that potential stumbling block, as
well. In addition to its inherent safety benefits, JumpSport
created the GamePak™ and AirJam™ basketball accessories that take full advantage of the
springy fun JumpCourt adds to trampoline activities.
overweight kids are tomorrow's unhealthy adults. Reversing
this "couch potato" syndrome among the young
will give them a better shot at longer, healthier, and
new JumpCourt, currently nominated for the prestigious SGMA's 1998 Sports Product of the Year,
could very well make a giant leap toward getting our
kids back in shape.