Trampoline Facts

Trampolining is an aesthetically pleasing sport in which athletes perform different types of acrobatic skills, including twists and somersaults, from great heights. In addition to being a popular Olympic sport, it is also an athletic activity that many divers, gymnasts and skiers engage in regularly to improve their aerial abilities. Throughout the past decade, it has become a popular backyard recreational activity. It is generally considered an enjoyable method of appreciating the benefits of an active lifestyle.

History

It is said that the trampoline got its name from Du Trampolin. He was a circus acrobat who determined that the safety nets from trapezes could be used on their own for the rebounds of stunts that were popular during in the 1800s. Other people claim that the term derives from the Spanish word "el trampolin" that means "diving board." George Nissen, an American inventor and gymnast, created the first trampoline that is much like the ones that are still on the market today. He produced this model in the 1930s. Trampolining developed as a competitive sport in America during the 1940s after World War II. It later gained popularity in Europe as well. The initial World Championships of trampolining took place in the mid-1960s in London. Trampolining became an Olympic sport at the 2000 Sydney Games.

Equipment

There are a wide variety of structures for trampolines from casual backyard trampolines to competitive models that are used for the Olympics. Typically recreational trampolines designed for home use are circular and not as sturdy. They are made with waterproof woven polypropylene mats that are able to ensure outdoor weather conditions. Trampolines that are used competitively must receive certification from the International Gymnastics Federation and must meet their Code of Points' Apparatus Norms. Competitive trampolines measure around 14 by seven feet. The web has a size range of six by six mm to 25 by 25 mm. This web is constructed with a durable woven canvas that is attached to about 120 springs and suspended from a steel frame.

Competitions

Trampolining has been part of the Olympic Games since it got its start in Sydney in 2000. During the Olympics, trampolining is an individual event. Other competitive trampolining events sometimes allow paired events with synchronized routines. During the Olympics, both men and women complete a required routine with ten components. They also have the option of completing an additional sequence that includes ten different skill sets. Both of these routines are judged. Competitors receive a final, overall score that takes both routines into consideration.

Benefits

Many people take up trampolining both casually and competitively because it is fun. However, trampolining also has a number of well-being and health benefits. Bouncing on a trampoline on a regular basis can increase the ability of your body to burn calories and can also increase metabolism. A recent NASA study determined that a ten minute trampoline exercise routine can be a more effective cardiovascular workout than a half an hour of running. Additionally, the increased endorphins that are produced while bouncing are known to fight off anxiety, depression and stress.

Safety

If you are planning to attempt somersaults and other acrobatic skills on a trampoline, it is best practice to work under the supervision of a qualified coach or trainer. Organized trampolining competitions must adhere to strict safety guidelines.

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