Title:
Bounce board to superimpose upon sports ball
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
A Bounce Board to Superimpose upon Sports Ball comprising the platform for an operator to stand on, the thrust acceptor to accept the thrust from the sports ball, the quick-release holder to hold the board by operator with feet or/and hands and the fastener for fastening the sports ball to the thrust acceptor. The board superimposes the sports ball. Doing bouncing exercise the operator bounces upon firm surface using the board and the sports ball fastened to the board as a tool to rebound off the surface. The sports ball is not a part of the board.



Inventors:
Karpachev, Boris (Auburndale, MA, US)
Application Number:
11/090085
Publication Date:
09/28/2006
Filing Date:
03/25/2005
Primary Class:
Other Classes:
482/146
International Classes:
A63B25/08; A63B22/16; A63B26/00
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Primary Examiner:
DONNELLY, JEROME W
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
BORIS KARPACHEV (AUBURNDALE, MA, US)
Claims:
I claim:

1. A bounce board comprising: a) a platform having upper side and under side and suitable for an operator or operators to stand on upper side of the platform; b) a quick-release holder or quick-release holders attached to the upper side of the platform and suitable for the operator or the operators to hold with feet directly or/and with hands via mechanical link; c) a thrust acceptor or thrust acceptors attached to under side of the platform and suitable to accept thrust from a resilience or resiliencies without allowing its or their shift or shifts along the platform; d) a quick-acting fastener or quick-acting fasteners attached to the under side of the platform and suitable to fasten the resilience or the resiliencies to the thrust acceptor or the acceptors.

2. A bounce board in accordance with claim 1, wherein the board has connectors or a connector for a mechanical link or/and electric wire or electric wires.

3. A bounce board in accordance with claim 1, wherein any or some or every of the thrust acceptors or the thrust acceptor coincides with the platform partially or on whole.

4. A bounce board in accordance with claim 1, wherein the work surface of any or some or every of the thrust acceptors or the thrust acceptor is a conoid.

5. A bounce board in accordance with claim 1, wherein the work surface of any or some or every of the thrust acceptors or the thrust acceptor plated partially or as a whole with elastic or/and adhesive material.

6. A bounce board in accordance with claim 1, wherein any or some or every of the quick-release holders or the quick-release holder comprises an elastic cushion or elastic cushions suitable for the operators or the operator to squeeze said cushion or cushions with feet.

7. A bounce board in accordance with claim 1, wherein any or some or every of the quick-release holders or the holder comprises a detail or details suitable for the operators or the operator to hold with feet.

8. A bounce board in accordance with claim 1, wherein any or some or every of the fasteners or the fastener is a vacuum sucker or vacuum suckers.

9. A bounce board in accordance with claim 8, wherein any or some or every of the thrust acceptors or thrust acceptor coincides with the vacuum sucker partially or on whole.

10. A bounce board in accordance with claim 8, wherein the work surface of any or some or every of the vacuum suckers or the vacuum sucker is a conoid.

11. A bounce board in accordance with claim 8, wherein the work surface of any or some or every of the vacuum suckers or the vacuum sucker plated partially or as a whole with elastic or/and adhesive material.

12. A bounce board in accordance with claim 8, wherein the inner volume of any or some or every of the vacuum suckers or the vacuum sucker is connected to the outside through a non-return valve or non-return valves.

13. A bounce board in accordance with claim 8, wherein the board has a vacuum pump or vacuum pumps to pump out air from the inner volume of the vacuum sucker or any or some or every of the vacuum suckers.

14. A bounce board in accordance with claim 13, wherein any or some or every of the vacuum pumps or the vacuum pump uses energy from bouncing by the operator or the operators.

15. A bounce board in accordance with claim 13, wherein any or some or every of the vacuum pumps or the vacuum pump feeds on a source of electric energy mounted on/or into the board.

Description:

CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS

Not Applicable.

STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPEMENT

Not Applicable.

REFERENCE TO SEQUENCE LISTING, A TABLE, OR A COMPUTER PROGRAM LISTING COMPACT DISC APPENDIX

Not Applicable.

BACKGRAUND OF THE INVENTION

Obesity is incompatible with the ability of jumping or bouncing. Who likes to bounce or jump must not be obese. Thus, bouncing or jumping exercise is effective physiological and psychological remedy for fighting obesity since childhood. Also, jumping or bouncing makes stronger bones, joints and spinal column. Any apparatus for jumping or bouncing exercise has to be safe, easy to use while still providing enjoyment and the desirable physiological and psychological effect.

Pogo sticks have been long used for bouncing. They are known as enough safe apparatuses. But the operator of pogo stick, while bouncing, has to keep, at least, one-hand grip onto the upper end of the pogo stick, what essentially limits the freedom of the operator's body movements.

There is no such limitation to the operator of any of the apparatuses described in the U.S. Pat. Nos. 5,685,807 and 4,893,809. But, those apparatuses are not enough safe, easy to use and the specially made resilience is required, what diminishes the desire to use any of them. Here, resilience is something which is able to accumulate mechanical energy and give it back.

An inflatable flexible ball body of the apparatus of the U.S. Pat. No. 4,893,809 has to be properly inflated for being interlocked with a rigid annular plate, on which the operator stands. If the operator uses the apparatus with under-inflated ball body or the operator is too heavy, then the ball body unlocks from the plate and, as a result, the operator may sustain injuries.

In accordance to the sense of the U.S. Pat. No. 5,685,807 “Bouncing boot” the operator has to use two boots fastened one to each foot. The operator uses simultaneously two resilient bouncing elements, but one as with a pogo stick. Thus, the operator cannot have the same dynamical structure of bouncing as with a safe pogo stick. When the operator lands on one leg, the operator's landing foot has more than twice stronger twisting moment, than with pogo stick, and the fulcrum is not stable, as the foot is landing on a hemispherical body of the boot, which can rotate very easily. Thus, there is the substantially bigger probability of the dislocation of the landing operator's foot, than with a pogo stick.

There is no need to have the especially made resilience in order to use described here “Bounce Board to Superimpose upon Sports Ball”, because this board may be used when being superimposed upon the very common resilience, like sports ball. And the hands of the operator may be free. And, at any moment, the operator may free the feet from the board in a fraction of a second and land on them.

BRIEF SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

The invention “Bounce Board to Superimpose upon Sports Ball” is an apparatus with the primary purpose of bouncing exercise. A sports ball, which is a resilience, can accumulate mechanic energy and give it back. But it is impossible to bounce using a sports ball directly, as an operator would not be able to keep the balance. The board superimposed upon a sports ball allows an operator to keep balance while bouncing. The sports ball or the resilience is fastened to the board. The operator standing on the platform of the board is bouncing cyclically upon firm surface using the board and the sports ball or the resilience fastened to the board as the tool to rebound off the surface.

To make easier the use, the board has a quick-acting fastener or fasteners, for example, an adhesive tape or an elastic net or a vacuum sucker or suckers to grip onto one or many sports balls or resilient bodies. The sports ball or balls or resilience is not a part of the board. To make safer the use, the board has a quick-release holder or holders for an operator or operators be able to hold the board by its holder with the operator's foot or feet or/and hand or hands (the limb, hereafter). The board may be hold by the operator with feet only, leaving free the operator's arms, what makes the use of the board more enjoyable and effective.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE SEVERAL VIEWS OF THE DRAWING

FIG. 1 shows a top view of a variant of the board having a round platform and the holder with two elastic cushions suitable for the operator to squeeze the cushions with feet.

FIG. 2 shows a perspective view of a variant of the board shown on FIG. 1, where the lower-right quarter of the board is cut out for a sectional view upon the plane 2-2 on FIG. 1 can be seen. The board has the quick-acting fastener made as a vacuum sucker. The thrust acceptor and the vacuum sucker coincide and their work surface is a conoid. The board is superimposed upon resilience.

FIG. 3 shows a front view of a variant of the board shown on FIG. 1. The board is superimposed upon resilience.

FIG. 4 shows a sectional view of a variant of the board shown on FIG. 1 upon the plane 4-4 on FIG. 1. The inner volume of the vacuum sucker is connected to the outside through non-return valve. The board is superimposed upon resilience.

FIG. 5 shows a side view of a variant of the board shown on FIG. 1. The board is superimposed upon resilience.

FIG. 6 shows a sectional view of a variant of the board shown on FIG. 1 upon the plane 6-6 on FIG. 1. The board is superimposed upon resilience.

FIG. 7 shows a top view of a variant of the board having a round platform and the holder with a detail suitable for the operator to hold with feet.

FIG. 8 shows a perspective view of a variant of the board shown on FIG. 7, where the lower-right quarter of the board is cut out for a sectional view upon the plane 8-8 on FIG. 7 can be seen. The board has the quick-acting fastener made as a vacuum sucker. The thrust acceptor and the vacuum sucker coincide and their work surface is a conoid. The board is superimposed upon resilience.

FIG. 9 shows a front view of a variant of the board shown on FIG. 7. The board is superimposed upon resilience.

FIG. 10 shows a sectional view of a variant of the board shown on FIG. 7 upon the plane 10-10 on FIG. 7. The inner volume of the vacuum sucker is connected to the outside through non-return valve. The board is superimposed upon resilience.

FIG. 11 shows a side view of a variant of the board shown on FIG. 7. The board is superimposed upon resilience.

FIG. 12 shows a sectional view of a variant of the board shown on FIG. 7 upon the plane 12-12 on FIG. 7. The board is superimposed upon resilience.

FIG. 13 shows a top view of a variant of the board having a square platform and the holder with one elastic cushion suitable for the operator to squeeze the cushion with feet.

FIG. 14 shows a perspective view of a variant of the board shown on FIG. 13, where the lower-right quarter of the board is cut out for a sectional view upon the plane 14-14 on FIG. 13 can be seen. The thrust acceptor is made as a ring and the fastener is not a vacuum sucker, but a net. The board is superimposed upon resilience.

FIG. 15 shows a front view of a variant of the board shown on FIG. 13. The board is superimposed upon resilience.

FIG. 16 shows a sectional view of a variant of the board shown on FIG. 13 upon the plane 16-16 on FIG. 13. The board is superimposed upon resilience.

FIG. 17 shows a side view of a variant of the board shown on FIG. 13. The board is superimposed upon resilience.

FIG. 18 shows a sectional view of a variant of the board shown on FIG. 13 upon the plane 18-18 on FIG. 13. The board is superimposed upon resilience.

FIG. 19 shows a front view of a variant of the board having the vacuum pump using energy from bouncing by the operator. The board is superimposed upon resilience.

FIG. 20 shows a sectional view of a variant of the board shown on FIG. 13 upon the frontal-vertical middle plane. The board has the quick-acting fastener made as a vacuum sucker. The inner volume of the vacuum sucker is connected to the outside through two non-return valves. The thrust acceptor and the vacuum sucker coincide and their work surface is plated as a whole with elastic or/and adhesive material. The board is superimposed upon resilience.

FIG. 21 shows a front view of a variant of the board, where the vacuum sucker and the thrust acceptor do not coincide and they are not conoids. The board is superimposed upon resilience.

FIG. 22 shows a sectional view of a variant of the board shown on FIG. 21 upon the frontal-vertical middle plane. The work surface of the thrust acceptor plated partially with elastic or/and adhesive material. The board is superimposed upon resilience.

FIG. 23 shows a front view of a variant of the board intended to be superimposed upon two resiliencies. The board is superimposed upon two resiliencies.

FIG. 24 shows a sectional view of a variant of the board shown on FIG. 23 upon the frontal-vertical middle plane. The platform, the thrust acceptors and the vacuum suckers coincide. Some parts of work surfaces of the thrust acceptors and the suckers are conoids. The other parts of said surfaces coincide with the under side plane parts of the platform and also accept thrust from resiliencies, which have contact with them at certain time of the bouncing cycle. The board is superimposed upon two resiliencies.

FIG. 25 shows a front view of a variant of the board for two operators and to be superimposed on two resiliencies. The board is superimposed on two resiliencies.

FIG. 26 shows a sectional view of a variant of the board shown on FIG. 25 upon the frontal-vertical middle plane. The board is superimposed upon two resiliencies.

FIG. 27 shows exploded side view of a variant of the board having vacuum pump inside the board. The vacuum pump feeds on a source of electric energy mounted into the board. The board has the connector for electric wires. The board is superimposed upon resilience.

FIG. 28 shows a perspective view of a variant of the board shown on FIG. 1. The operator is standing on the board and squeezing the cushions of the holder with feet. The operator can free the feet from the board in a fraction of a second and land on them. The board is superimposed upon resilience.

FIG. 29 shows a perspective view of a variant of the board shown on FIG. 1. The operator is standing on the board, squeezing the cushions of the holder with feet and the holder is attached to the operator's feet with the elastic cord. The operator can free the feet from the board in a fraction of a second by parting the feet and land on them. The board is superimposed upon resilience.

FIG. 30 shows a perspective view of a variant of the board shown on FIG. 7 but having other type of the connector. The operator is standing on the board and ready to grip the holder with feet before bouncing off the surface. The board is superimposed upon resilience.

FIG. 31 shows a perspective view of a variant of the board shown on FIG. 1 but having other type of the connector. The operator is standing on the board and keeping in hands one end of the cord attached to the board with the connector. The board is superimposed upon resilience.

FIG. 32 shows a perspective view of a variant of the board having as the holder only the connector. The operator is standing on the board and keeping in hands one end of the cord attached to the board with the connector. The board is superimposed upon resilience.

FIG. 33 shows a perspective view of a variant of the board having as the holder only the connector. The operator is standing on the board. The board is attached mechanically to the operator's body with two cords connected to the connector and electrically with two electric wires. The connector is for a mechanical link, what is said two cords, and for electric wires. The board is superimposed upon resilience.

FIG. 34 shows a perspective view of a variant of the board shown on FIG. 25, 26. Two operators are standing on the board and keeping in hands the handle having attached the ends of the cords attached with other ends to the board via the connectors. The board is superimposed upon two resiliencies.

FIG. 35 shows a top view of a variant of the board for superimposing upon a sports ball of the large diameter comparable with the length of an operator's legs. The board comprises the holder suitable for the operator to squeeze it with feet.

FIG. 36 shows a perspective view of a variant of the board shown on FIG. 35, where the lower-right quarter of the board is cut out for a sectional view upon the plane 36-36 on FIG. 35 can be seen. The board is superimposed upon resilience.

FIG. 37 shows a front view of a variant of the board shown on FIG. 35. The board is superimposed upon resilience.

FIG. 38 shows a sectional view of a variant of the board shown on FIG. 35 upon the plane 38-38 on FIG. 35. The board is superimposed upon resilience.

FIG. 39 shows a perspective view of a variant of the board shown on FIG. 35. The operator is standing on the board and squeezing the holder with feet. The operator can free the feet from the board in a fraction of a second and land on them. The board is superimposed upon resilience.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

Pogo stick is used for bouncing. But, the operator of pogo stick, while bouncing, has to hold onto the upper end of the pogo stick, what essentially limits the freedom of the operator's body movements. The apparatuses described in the U.S. Pat. Nos. 5,685,807 and 4,893,809 provide better freedom of the operator's body movements, but they are not enough safe, easy to use and the specially made resilience included in those apparatuses.

Bounce Board to Superimpose upon Sports Ball distinguishes from Pogo stick and the apparatuses described in the U.S. Pat. Nos. 5,685,807 and 4,893,809 in the next. The board does not include any resilience, but intended to be superimposed upon the very common resilience, like sports ball. And the hands of the operator using the board may be free. And, at any moment, the operator may free the feet from the board in a fraction of a second and land on them. Thus, the use of the board is safer, easier and provides the better freedom of the operator's body movements.

Bounce Board to Superimpose upon Sports Ball (the board, hereafter) (1) (FIG. 28-34, 39) is superimposed upon the resilience or resiliencies (the resilience, hereafter) (3) (FIG. 2-6, 8-12, 14-34, 36-39), for example, a sports ball or balls. Doing bouncing exercise the operator (5) (FIG. 28-33, 39) or operators (5) (FIG. 34) (the operator, hereafter) stands on the board, bounces over the surface (21) (FIG. 2-6, 8-12, 14-34, 36-39) and keeps mechanical contact with the board holding it by board's holder or holders (the holder, hereafter).

The board includes:

  • (a) platform (6) (FIG. 2-6, 8-12, 14-27, 36-38) having upper side and under side;
  • (b) the holder (4) (FIG. 19-26, 36-38) attached to the upper side of the platform, and
    • (I) the holder is held with the limb by the operator (FIG. 28-32, 34, 39), or/and
    • (II) the holder clasps the board to the limb of the operator (FIGS. 29, 33), and
    • (III) the holder is of such a construction that the operator can take the limb off the board in a fraction of a second from the holder by means of a simple motion of the limb (FIG. 28-34, 39);
  • (c) thrust acceptor or acceptors (the acceptor, hereafter) (7) (FIG. 2-6, 8-12, 14-27, 36, 37) mounted on the under side of the platform, and
    • (I) the acceptor is put on the resilience and
    • (II) the acceptor accepts the thrust from the resilience, and
    • (III) the acceptor prevents any shift of the resilience on whole, along the board, but allows deformation of the resilience and
    • (V) the acceptor may coincide with the platform partially (FIG. 2-6, 8-12, 14-18, 23, 24, 27) or on whole (FIG. 23-26, 35-39) and
    • (IV) the work surface of the acceptor may be plated with the elastic or/and adhesive material (24) (FIG. 22) strengthening friction or cohesion with the resilience and
  • (d) fastener or fasteners (the fasteners, hereafter) (23) (FIG. 14-18, 36-38) or the fastener made as the sucker or suckers (the sucker, hereafter) (2) (FIG. 2-6, 8-12, 19-27), attached to the platform, and
    • (I) the sucker, by means of sucking, fastens the resilience to the acceptor, and
    • (II) the acceptor may coincide with the sucker partially (FIG. 19, 20) or on whole and
    • (III) the sucker may have work surface platted with the elastic or/and adhesive material (25) (FIG.20) strengthening airproof qualities of the contact with the resilience and
    • (IV) the sucker is of a permanent action induced by a vacuum pump (FIG. 27) or/and
    • (V) the sucker is of the cyclical action induced by the operator squeezing cyclically the resilience between the acceptor and the surface upon which the operator cyclically bounces.

If the sucker is of permanent action, then air is expelled from the inner volume (9) (FIG. 27) of the sucker by vacuum pump (8) (FIG. 27). And the sucker fastens the resilience to the board, because the air pressure in the inner volume of the sucker is less than outside. For the better certainty, on FIG. 27 there are also shown the electric batteries (15) and the electric motor (16) of the vacuum pump (8).

If the sucker is of cyclical action, then air begins to be expelled through non-return valve (10) (FIG. 4, 6, 10, 12, 20, 22, 24, 26, 27) out from the inner volume of the sucker (9) (FIG. 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 20, 22, 24, 26), which lessens, while the operator presses the resilience against the surface when bouncing away from it. Then, while the operator and the board are in the air and the resilience is not pressed, the sucker fastens the resilience to the board, because the air pressure in the inner volume of the sucker is less than outside. The cycle repeats in time, while the operator bounces using the board superimposed upon the resilience. The inner volume of the sucker may consist of more than one part (9) (FIG. 20). An elastic closed-axis-line detail (18) (FIG. 19, 20) may attach the acceptor and the sucker (2, 7) to the platform (6).

The shape of the acceptor may be a conoid (11) (FIG. 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 20, 24, 26) or a part of it, and the acceptor may coincide with the platform partially or in whole (FIG. 2-6, 8-12, 14-18, 23-27, 35-39). The conoid means a surface based on a closed curve, for example, a circle, and whose lines lying in the planes being perpendicular to the plane, which the closed curve is lying in, taper up to a point.

The body of the sucker may be the body of the acceptor (2, 7) (FIG. 2-6, 8-12, 19, 20, 23-27) at the same time, and then the body works as the sucker and the acceptor simultaneously.

The sucker may have a non-return valve or valves (10) (FIG. 4, 6, 10, 12, 20, 22, 24, 26, 27) allowing air to be expelled out from the sucker's inner volume (9) (FIG. 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 20, 22, 24, 26).

The holder may consist of a frame (19) (FIG. 2-6, 8-12, 14-18, 27) and elastic cushion or cushions (17) (FIG. 2-5, 14-18, 27) or a detail or details (20) (FIG. 8-12) intended to be held by operator's feet (5) (FIG. 28-31, 39). Also, the holder may be attached to the operator's legs with an elastic cord, what is a mechanical link (13) (FIG. 29), connected with belts (14) fastened on the operator's legs and with a connector (12) attached to the holder or the platform. Or a string or a mechanical link (13) may be attached with one end to the connector (12) (FIG. 32), while the operator may hold the other end of the string. Or strings (13) may be attached to the operator's body and to the connector (12) (FIG. 33) by other their ends. The string may be resilient or non-stretchable one. The connector (12) (FIG. 27, 33) may connect electrical wires (22), also.