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Jumping on a trampoline can exacerbate previous injuries.
If your stomach muscles are sore after jumping on a trampoline, get ready for some good news and some bad news.
The good news is that as long as it's true muscle soreness and not a sign of injury or illness, you got a great workout. The bad news is that you're entering the world of delayed onset muscle soreness, aka DOMS, a natural response to intense exercise that typically pops up 24 to 48 hours after your workout and then goes away within three days.
Although you might think of jumping on a trampoline as a leg workout, your abs work just as hard to stabilize your body.
Understand the Soreness
Obviously, you're not bouncing the trampoline on your stomach - so why should you get DOMS in your abdominals from a trampoline workout? One of the benefits of trampolining is that it forces your core muscles -including your abs - to kick in and help keep you steady as you bounce. If you're brand-new to working out, this could be enough to provoke some DOMS, as muscles you hadn't previously used learn to kick in. Add in twists and other ab-centric exercises, and even a seasoned athlete could experience muscle soreness after an intense trampoline session.
Know the Cause
Why does DOMS happen, on or off a trampoline? This is a subject of ongoing study, although most fitness experts agree that it's caused by microscopic tears or breakdowns in muscle and connective tissue after workouts involving eccentric movements. (That's not a synonym for "odd" movements. Instead, eccentric movements mean your muscle is lengthening under tension; to put it another way, it's the movement when you slowly lower a weight against gravity's resistance.)
You might also experience side stitches when trampolining. Try backing off the exercise intensity, and think about what you ate before you worked out: Sometimes eating the wrong thing or eating too soon before your workout can provoke side stitches.
Treat Your Soreness
A little muscle stiffness or soreness will accompany most workouts - but there's no reason to suffer unnecessarily. Next time, try warming up for at least 10 minutes before your workout, and consider backing off the exercise intensity if you consistently feel too sore after working out.
Meanwhile, stretching is one of the easiest and least expensive ways of dealing with your sore muscles. Other popular solutions to muscle soreness include over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications, Epsom salt baths, massages, and icing to ease the pain and discomfort. Some people also find relief by doing a very light workout. As long as you're dealing only with muscle soreness and not an actual injury, the simple act of getting up and walking around will almost always make you feel better than simply sitting, even if the movement is a little uncomfortable at first.
If you're experiencing any abdominal comfort that isn't muscle soreness, or if your muscular soreness doesn't go away within a few days, it's time to talk to your doctor.