I am a 14 year old girl, and I just recently got a trampoline, it seems like while I'm jumping, after a high jump, or abrupt movement of my head, it hurts, it feels like when I go up my brain is hitting the top of my head, I know that's probably not possible, but I was just using that as a comparison to the pain, It isn't like an intolerable pain, but I can feel it you know? Like something in my head, and I hear a noise in my ears to at the same time I feel the pain, and the trampoline isn't the first time ive felt like that, I remember back in the fall when I had p.e and we would do jumping arobics I wouldfeel it in my head, but after that I had no other symptoms. I'm a very active person, I'm an athlete, and have never felt anything like that while playing any of my sports, but I am just really concerned, any Ideas of what it could be? Am I dehydrated low blood pressure? Those are all things I gott of the internet.
Can Jumping cause headache? by Michael Gonzalez-Wallace
Thanks so much for your question. It is clear that your muscles and your body is trying to tell you something. Le me give you a little heads up regarding exercise science and how your body and brain connect to each other:
Motor circuits are the networks of nerve cell connections that enable us to perform a full range of daily movements from tying up a knot to walking or moving in a specific way. However these networks require precise information from the sensory neurons located in our muscles, soft tissues. In other words movement involves both networks working together In a coordinated manner.
In simple terms in the Neuromuscular system there.are two types of signals:
1. AFFERENT refers to pathways leading to the brain ( sensory neurons)
2. EFFERENT refers to pathways moving away from the brain to your body (motor neurons)
When you do any plyometrics (jumping) or intense physical exercise your brain is moving up and down fast, your blood pressure goes up and down and sometimes if we have some ear infection or hearing issue that triggers even a more painful response (inner ear often)
However I would like you to think of your body in different terms my question is if you do a milder exercise like raising your opposite arm and leg would that hurt? If the answer is no I think you should try to make your muscles stronger and develop a greater endurance so when your target those muscles, your muscles move in an efficient manner. In other words you have two types of muscle fibers slow twitch (endurance) fast twitch (power, speed, volume) so when you do vigorous activites the fast twitch muscles need to be active and ready to secrete the required energy for the exercise. So a resistance exercise program will be recommended as long as it is milder intensity and as long it doesn't bother you.
Here are few of strength training exercises that may help you and don't try them without asking your doctor
Moreover Always listen to your body and your concern it is very wise since your sensory system informs your body on its position in space. Again if the headaches persist go to a doctor as soon as possible otherwise it may be the type of exercise you are choosing.
My General recommendation do some moderate physical activity and monitor if it still hurts, if it is a no try to develop an progressive resistance program that will help your muscles get stronger and then try mild jumps. In addition make sure you drink plenty of water and remember that this recommendation is never to replace a visit to your doctor. If you have any doubts go to your doctor first and hopefully is just a way to help you enjoy exercise little by little
The thing is I am a very muscular person. I vigorously train in volleyball basketball select fastpitch track golfing, I have a lot of muscle, and no other movements make me feel the pain, it's only the act of jumping repeditly, like when I go up the pain goes up, someone on the Internet suggested I had low blood pressure, and it was the blood rushing to my head, which completely makes sense, because thats what it feels like. I was in the grocery store and saw one of the free blood pressure machines and my blood pressure was 129/70, which is not low.( I was nervous while taking it tho) I may have asked this question in the wrong section, for that I apologize, I wasn't sure where to ask it, I justwanted to make sure it was nothing serious, as for the muscle thing, I would have to count that out, and I am in very good shape.
Thanks so much for your response and again as an ex pro basketball player and being involved in sports all my life strength is not as easy as you may think. To develop great strength between those different muscle fibers it requires practice and a highly specific program. At 14 your body is still developing. At your age I had a sports trainer that worked with us 5 hours a week to make sure we developed the right amount of strength for our game but again low blood pressure may be the answer as well. If I were you I would modify those exercises that cause pain and see if you can progress to a point where it feels nice,
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