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Jump Rope

Jumping rope is an activity where one or more participants jump over a rope swung rapidly so that it passes under their feet and over their heads.


The exact history of jumping rope is unclear; however, it dates back to ancient Egypt and/or China. In the 1940s and 1950s jumping rope became the game of choice in North American cities as one could play it alone and it only required a rope. In the 1970s jumping rope emerged as part of many different exercise training regimens.

Open area with no trees or overhangs.

How to play
Jumping rope is both an aerobic exercise and a fun activity. Participants hold the ends of a rope in their hands – one end in each hand. They then swing the rope over their head and under their feet (while jumping) to create a full circle around their bodies. There are many different ways to jump rope including criss-cross, side swing, double Dutch – all involve a different number of ropes, jumpers, and style of jumps. For more information visit Rope Skipping Canada.

Suggested equipment
- Rope (short for individual and long for group)

Physical activity in Canada includes everyone, regardless of any ability or circumstance. Some sports and activities may, however, require a few adaptations to make them as accessible as possible. Below you’ll find recommendations and suggestions on how to accommodate individuals that may have limitations or different needs. With a positive attitude and a little ingenuity, any activity can be made enjoyable for all.


To adapt jump rope for an individual with a disability, use a thicker, colourful rope to allow improved visual tracking.

Slow down the rope speed in order to give the individual time to locate, track and process a response to it. Consider attaching bells to the middle of the rope. Start the skipping from a stationary position rather than “running in”.

For individuals with an auditory impairment very little adaptations are required.

Learning/Cognitive Disabilities

If jump rope is not the preferred activity for some, consider some alternate activities.

Swing the rope back and forth at a level just above the ground instead of overhead (similar to a pendulum), therefore allowing the individual to hop over the rope instead of jumping.

An alternative activity might be a game similar to limbo where the two people controlling the rope raise it above their heads and slowly lower it down.

Mobility Limitation

Jump rope may not be the preferred activity for a wheelchair user except as one of the rope swingers. Think up an alternative activity such as an obstacle course using the rope as a path.

For individuals with mobility impairment adjust the speed of the ropes, play snakes on the ground to step over the rope rather than jumping, play in pairs and consider reducing the time of the activity.

Consider swinging the rope back and forth at a level just above the ground instead of overhead (similar to a pendulum), therefore allowing the individual to mildly hop over the rope instead of actually jump.


Benefits of Jump Rope

The Canadian Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines outline the amount and type of physical activity you need at every age and stage of life. And, for the first time, the new 24-hour Movement Guidelines for Children & Youth also include sleep. Following the guidelines will help reduce the risk of chronic disease, lead to a more focused mind, a stronger, fitter body, and all in all, a more enjoyable life.

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