In Spanish, el trampolin is a diving board. When George Nissen, one of the founders of what we now know as a trampoline, came across the term in the 1930s, he adopted it as a signature.
Trampolines come in all shapes and sizes these days. This expert mat has slightly more bounce because of its increased porosity and reduced air resistance. Around the edge of the trampoline will be a cushioned place. 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 the event the bouncer drops towards the hard edge or is even in danger of falling from the trampoline.
Some have a cross woven into the fabric of the mat, indicating the center point of the trampoline. This is a safety feature aimed at assisting the bouncer to remain at the safest point of this trampoline – the center.
Other security features are available such as enclosures or nets to surround the trampoline. Some are free standing and some attach to the trampoline itself. All are designed to prevent the trampoliner falling and sustaining injury. This is very important if your trampoline is going to be sited on or near a hard surface, such as a patio or deck.
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 the event of strong winds, which may cause a great deal of damage to trampolines, despite their sturdy structures.
For small children, a trampoline ladder can help to avoid 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 like skiing.