The very nature of bouncing for fun is evident by simply watching a child bounce on their bed. We tell them to stop, but they never seem to want to stop. Perhaps there is a bouncing gene somewhere in our DNA? Trampolines provide a safer alternative to what the children will do anyway. When properly supervised, children can find a tremendous release for their seemingly endless energy on trampolines. In this article we will be discussing about various aspects of trampolines, their origin and how you can choose the best trampoline in 2018.
A Brief History of Trampolines
It is commonly believed that trampolines got their name from a French trapeze artist named Du Trampoline. He envisioned using the trapeze catch net as way of propulsion and landing. Over many experimentations and revisions, he developed what most believe to be the first official trampolines. His work was expanded upon in the early 1930s by George Nissen as a diving and tumbling aid, and created a smaller sized version of Du Trampoline’s device in his garage.
It is also believed that the Eskimos used to use walrus skins in much the same manner as did fireman. They would gather round the skin and hold it taught to throw people into the air and catch them. Perhaps this is true perhaps it is legend. Either way, visitors to Anchorage Alaska will find postcards depicting this early version of a trampoline.
The next historical information available on trampolines was that is was used in Navy flight school during WW2. The Navy felt that by having its trainees use the trampolines they could better understand differences in bodily orientation as they would during flight. Astronaut training also used trampolines for much the same purpose. Besides helping with orientation, trampolines offered a tremendous way to aid in aerobic conditioning that the trainees enjoyed far more than calisthenics.
Trampolines in Tournaments
As with any sport, early practitioners of trampolines began to develop ways to demonstrate who was better than whom in competition. While it is still uncertain as to the first time people competed against each other on trampolines, the first televised trampoline competition took place in 1958. World Championships didn’t come along until 1964, and the actual International Trampoline Federation began a year later. World Championships occurred every two years, and in-between Europe held their own trampoline championship competitions.
During the early days of world competition, the Americans seemed to dominate. This was due in large part to many schools offering trampolines in gym classes. Yet because many students were working on the trampolines unsupervised and frequently without a spotter, many injuries began to occur. As is the case in the United States, injuries equate to lawsuits, and lawsuits equate to removal of the offending device. Thus, the trampoline was deemed unsafe for most schools and the American dominance in the sport waned. What a pity for subsequent students that the foolishness of some caused a great sport to go into decline.
The most modern trampolines are capable of projecting an athlete up to 10 meters high and allowing him to perform triple somersaults with ease. Medical experts say jumping on trampoline is good for your health. Exercising on the trampoline lowers the risk of cardiovascular disease. Studies have shown that those who exercise at least three times a week have a higher bone mineral content.
Trampolines can be a wonderfully enjoyable way for people of all ages to get fit and have fun doing it. They aid in developing balance, agility, and timing for the young. They help the old to exercise aerobically in a way that is far less stressful on the bones than jogging on hard pavement. And best of all, it really doesn’t take a great deal of skill for virtually anyone to enjoy using them. Trampolines are a fun, natural way to remember your youth, or for the young to play their way to better bodies.
Trampolines for the garden or yard have become one of the hottest sports in the world. And why not? It’s great for you. You can do it alone or with others. You can use a trampoline to help you brush up on other skills – snowboarding, anyone? A trampoline in your back yard or garden is like having a gym right outside your door.
Buying Outdoor Trampoline in UK
Indoor trampolines may also be used as a bouncing device by gymnasts or stuntmen to be catapulted into the air. Professional indoor, or Olympic style trampolines, have a webbed surface and are generally much more expensive. They also need folding down and are not suitable for outdoors. Other indoor trampolines may also be used as fitness and weight loss tools.
Make sure all springs are securely attached to the trampolines. Place the trampoline on soft, energy-absorbing ground. While installing the trampoline, ensure that you have a safety perimeter of at least 3 meters or more around your trampoline and it is away from trees, fences poles or walls. Children under 6 should not jump on backyard trampolines. Loose springs cause the way the trampoline moves and could cause a child to fall off the trampoline if they come unattached while in use.
- Good options include sand, bark or other materials that produce a cushioning effect.
- When children jump too high and fall off the trampoline, the presence of trees, fences, garden furniture, poles, walls etc. may increase the severity of the injuries.
- Rather, find a kids trampoline made for toddlers and younger children.
- Missing springs could also cause the jump mat to tear.
- Don’t put the trampoline on concrete, asphalt or other hard surface without having a trampoline safety net or crash mats in place.
Young children are often the ones that end up in the hospital because of trampoline injuries. Make sure the safety net enclosure door is shut or purchase an overlapping entry net. The main thing we talk to parents about when trampolines come into question, however, is the topic of trampoline safety. The AAP recommends that mini and full-sized trampolines never be used at home, in routine gym classes, or on playgrounds. Aside from supervision, it’s essential that you remove any ladders leading into the trampoline when not in use.
Adult supervision is no guarantee of safety. A lot of parents have seen videos online, and incidents in person themselves, of kids getting hurt on trampolines. They should only be used in supervised training programs for gymnastics, diving, or other competitive sports. More than half of all trampoline accidents occur whilst under supervision. However a trained ‘spotter’ can greatly reduce this risk.
Never combine alcohol with trampolining! Children have been hurt while bouncing with adults who have been drinking at summer garden parties.