Swing boarding is a physical activity that involves standing on a short board (typically a skateboard) which is suspended from a frame which allows the board to swing freely. A typical structure is a playground swingset.
There is no definitive origin or inventor of the sport of swingboarding. One proposed origin is that it most likely arose in the 1970s by bored teenagers with skateboards sitting around in playgrounds with swing sets. The original activity is primitive and temporary as it involved placing the skateboard including wheels on the swing and the rider swinging back and forth holding onto the two side chains. This activity usually ended in an accident with the skateboard falling off the swing followed closely by the rider.
Subsequently the first noted modification was the addition of a purpose built board attached to the swing which stopped the skateboard falling from the swing.
The greatest modification came when Alan Colk and Michael Hill from Australia added a harness and intermediate suspension point to make the activity into a safe sport. Alan Colk and Michael Hill won the ABC's The New Inventors TV Show Episode 18 for their innovation in improving the Swing Board. The Fitness industry has picked up the activity for improving balance, core strength and Proprioception. The incorporation of the pivoting board incorporates the physical benefits of a balance board
The swingboarding mode of operation produces overload parameters that bring several key physiological, biomechanical and neurological adaptations into play. The major considerations for exercise physiology are energy system overload and how the mechanics of the activity stimulate the muscular and neural systems when performing the activity.
The main areas of fitness involved in swingboarding are:
Energy - Raised Heart Rate including anaerobic and aerobic exercise.
Muscle Function - Strength and Endurance training
Balance and Proprioception - Neural feedback from your joints and muscles is occurring all the time. The feedback is generated through hundreds of thousands of receptors (movement sensors if you like).
Core Training - Core stability training incorporates movement contractions and specific instruction in order to activate muscles of the core.
- Video from YouTube 2006 of conventional swing boarding and typical accident http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XAi18tDsjLw&NR=1
- Video from YouTube 2006 showing the result of not having a harness http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C8vG_l5QM3k
- LOUIS TRAGER (April 14, 1991), SHARPER IMAGE FOCUSES ON INVENTORS' OFFERINGS TRENDY RETAILER HOLDS OPEN HOUSE IN THE HOPE OF DISCOVERING ANOTHER HIT LIKE NO-FOG MIRRORS, SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER
- The Invention is called the Syco XT
- Product Review of swing board. Cooke, Brian (May 2, 2006). "Product Review Syco Bob". n.p. http://www.sycoxt.com/info/Product-Review-Swing-Board-Brian-Cooke-2-05-2006.pdf