When George Nissen, one of the creators of what we currently know as a trampoline, came across the word in the 1930s, he embraced it as a trademark.
Trampolines come in all shapes and sizes these days. Professional trampolines, like those used at the Olympics, are assembled by a galvanised steel frame 10’W x 17’L x 45″H (305 x 520 x 115cm), attached to which, by powerful steel strings is a mat 7’W x 14’L (213 x 426cm) made from black polypropylene. This professional mat has marginally more bounce because of its enhanced porosity and reduced air resistance. Around the edge of the trampoline will be a cushioned place. Additional padded mats are available for greater safety. These generally have their own additional frame for support and are placed just over the edge of the trampoline, in the event the bouncer drops towards the hard edge or is even in danger of falling from the trampoline.
Home trampolines are often circular or octagonal and come in several sizes ranging from 8′ to 16′ in diameter. Some have a cross woven into the fabric of this mat, indicating the center point of the trampoline. This is a safety feature aimed at assisting the bouncer to remain in the safest point of this trampoline – the middle.
Other safety features are available such as enclosures or nets to encircle the trampoline. All are designed to protect against the trampoliner falling and sustaining harm. This is particularly important if your trampoline will be sited on or near a hard surface, like a deck or patio.
A cover is a good idea since it will keep your trampoline free from debris such as leaves and bird droppings. Not only will it be kept clean, but the danger of slipping on the mat will be minimised. An anchor kit will stop your trampoline moving around when in use and will keep down in case of strong winds, which can cause a great deal of damage to trampolines, despite their sturdy structures.
For smaller children, a trampoline ladder will help to avoid accidents when getting on and off the trampoline.
Trampolining is fun and great aerobic exercise for all age groups. It improves co-ordination, balance, rhythm and time and is useful training for other sports like skiing.