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History of the Trampoline!

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One of the greatest childhood toys in the world, the awesome toy that every child wishes and begs for, that every child dreams about using for hours on end, wasting the long summer days away, is none other than the trampoline. Depending on the size, the trampoline can be used by children and adults alike, meaning fun for the whole family almost the entire year round. A trampoline is a device that allows a person to jump up and down very high for both entertainment and athletics. The trampoline device consists of a steel circular frame with legs to hold the structure above the ground; numerous springs are attached to the frame to allow for jumping. Stretched across the frame is a piece of tough fabric: it must be strong (while at the same time, elastic) enough to withstand one or multiple persons of varying size jumping on it for a length of time. Although ideas and concepts related to the trampoline have been explored by the Ancient Inuits and 19th century Europeans, trampolines were first officially invented back in 1936 by George Nissen and Larry Griswold, students at the University of Iowa. They designed the trampoline as a way to train tumblers, trapeze artists, and various other acrobatic performers by improving the standard trapeze nets found at the bottom of their stages. The construction of the trampoline (as previously mentioned) eventually replaced most trapeze nets, but their novelty value made them popular in their own right. The term for the device was trademarked as “rebound tumbler” before eventually changing to “trampoline” as we know it today. The trampoline is a standard in practically every gymnastics event and training these days, in addition to the inventions of variants of basketball and volleyball with trampolines built in. In addition to professional athletics, the trampoline has gained a second home in every other backyard of America. Sizes of trampolines vary from big to small, which allow for just one person to bounce up and down (for workouts), to upwards of 10 people leaping into the air (for recreation). It’s fun, it’s universal, it’s the trampoline! Written by: Richard Allen

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