Motor Control

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The aim of this research was to assess differences in lower limb coordination in two developing age groups during trampoline bouncing, and if alterations in trampoline stiffness influence coordination strategies in children. Eighteen participants were recruited and grouped based on age; 5-7 and 9-11 years old. Each participant performed twenty bounces on two different trampolines of high and low stiffness. Lower limb kinematics were recorded using 3D motion capture and analysed across ten middle bounces for each trampoline. Findings demonstrated that the two different age groups employed different coordination strategies, with some changes with different trampoline stiffnesses. This information could be useful for trampoline manufacturers to modify trampolines for age-specific trampoline use.