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Hi Brad

I'm 22yr old female. I have a curved spine (not severely but just pointed out by a doctor) and one leg longer than the other (for which I have had no treatment). I also slouch a lot!

My question is, I have just started trampolining - nothing serious just messing around on one in our back garden! - will using a trampoline affect my curved spine? As in will it make it worse? Better? or not affect it at all? And will it help my posture?

Thank You, J.

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Hi J,

Thanks for your inquiry. It's a pleasure to help and I hope the following is beneficial.

Without being able to consult with you personally I can't be 100% sure, but the conditions you described are probably a lot more common that you realize, and unless they are severe, shouldn't stop you from enjoying an active lifestyle.

As long as you take note of how you are feeling and don't push yourself too much physically, trampolining is a great form of exercise and it shouldn't cause your curved spine to become any worse.

If you can give me a little more information about your "curved spine" I can offer some suggestions for treatment. Is it Scoliosis (curve to the left or right), lordosis (an excessive inward curvature of the lumbar or lower back), or kyphosis (abnormal outward curvature of the spine, generally in the upper back region).


I hope the above has been helpful. For more information on stretching, flexibility and sports injury management, visit Injury Fix.


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I'm more than happy to answer any questions relating to stretching, flexibility and sports injury management. Including how to use stretching to improve your athletic performance, prevent sports injury and aid in the recovery of sports injury.

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I'm an internationally recognized stretching and sports injury consultant with more than 20 years of practical experience in the health and fitness industry. I'm also the founder of the Stretching Institute and StretchCoach.com.

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Sports Medicine Australia

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I've written 5 books on stretching, flexibility and sports injury, including... The Stretching Handbook (ISBN: 978-0958109338), The Anatomy of Stretching (ISBN: 978-1556435966) and The Anatomy of Sports Injuries (ISBN: 978-1556436666). Plus, I've had numerous articles published at About.com, Athletes.com and BodyBuilding.com.

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I'm a health science graduate of the University of New England, with post graduate accreditation's in athletics, swimming and triathlon coaching. I've worked with elite level and world champion athletes and I've lectured for Sports Medicine Australia on sports injury prevention and treatment.

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I've worked as assistant coach to Miles Stewart (World Champion Triathlete) and Mick Doohan (World 500cc Motorcycle Champion). Plus I've worked with countless other athletes from sports as diverse as roller-skating, squash, and cycling.

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