How to get involved in Trampolining

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This fun method of exercising is usefully low-impact, unless you miss the trampoline of course.

Trampolining is probably the only sport in which sitting down is rewarded. Would you believe that trampolining was invented when a woman in the 19th century jumped from a London burning building on to a stretched-out bed sheet, only to provoke spontaneous applause from onlookers when she accidentally performed a half twist leading into a pike. And that is a fact! So, I’m sure if this lady can accidentally perform a trick like this then I’m sure you can practice and do it too?

This is an Air shot of Georgia’s Luba Golovina performing during the London 2012 Olympic Games.

In the Olympic Games a routine consists of 10 contacts with the trampoline ‘bed’, starting and finishing on the feet.

Vera Atkinson, from the British Gymnastics Team, said, “From early civilisations until the present day, this sport can be seen as a reflection of man’s desire to defy gravity! At recreational level it is a source of great fun. The most modern trampoline can project a gymnast to such heights that the top stars can touch 10m-high ceilings and perform multiple somersaults with ease. As well as being a sport in its own right, it is widely recognised as a training tool for many other sports such as gymnastics, diving and freestyle skiing. It is also used by the Royal Air Force and by space agencies to acclimatise their pilots and astronauts to aerial activity.”

Trampolining improves balance, flexibility and co-ordination, as well as strengthening the leg muscles. This is a low impact sport that carries minimal risk of wear-and-tear based injuries. Trampolinists jump up to 10 metres into the air. Beat that, basketball! Trampolining is so easy to learn, it is very similar to a bouncy castle. Kids love it and it doesn’t require anything to go with it.

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