When George Nissen, one of the creators of what we currently know as a trampoline, came across the word in the 1930s, he adopted it as a signature.
Trampolines come in all shapes and sizes these days. This professional mat has marginally more bounce due to its increased porosity and reduced air resistance. Around the edge of the trampoline will be a padded area. Added cushioned mats are available for greater safety. These usually have their own additional frame for support and are placed just over the edge of the trampoline, in case 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 many 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 security feature aimed at helping the bouncer to stay at the safest point of the trampoline – the center.
Other safety features are available such as enclosures or nets to surround the trampoline. All are designed to prevent the trampoliner falling and sustaining harm. This is very important if your trampoline is going to be sited on or near a hard surface, like a deck or patio.
A cover is a good idea as it will keep your trampoline free from debris such as leaves and bird droppings. Not only is it 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 in tied down in the event of strong winds, which may cause a whole lot of damage to trampolines, despite their sturdy structures.
For small children, a trampoline ladder can help to prevent accidents when getting on and off the trampoline.
Trampolining is great and fun aerobic exercise for all age groups. It enhances co-ordination, balance, rhythm and timing and is helpful training for other sports such as skiing.