Trampoline is a device made of strong steel frame cover with a piece of fabric using many coiled springs. People usually bounce on such devices for recreation and entertainment. The fabric that is used for this purpose is not elastic in nature; it is the springs that give the bounce. This device had several other uses in the earlier days. It was used for safety purposes too. However, these days, it is mainly used for recreational purposes. Earlier it was commonly used in circus as a safety net to protect the performers from accidents. In fact, some acrobats used the trampoline devices as bouncing beds. These beds were used for stage performances to please the audiences. The other uses of trampolines are as follows. It is used in flight and astronaut training, competitive sports, such as gymnastics, basketball, boss ball, volleyball, slam ball, etc. It was also used for performing somersaults and twists. The device was also used for diving and freestyle skiing. There are two types of devices, one is used for recreational purpose and the other is used for competitive purposes.
Recreational Purpose: The structure or frame used for this type of recreational device is not so sturdy. The fabric that is used is usually waterproof canvas or woven polypropylene. Recreational trampoline comes in different shapes -- rectangular, circular, or octagonal. The design is usually free of springs, and this adds more safety to the device. The chances of tripping and falling from a height are reduced since the jumping frame can be placed below the jumping plane.
Competitive Purpose: The frame used for these trampolines is very strong and sturdy. It is usually rectangular in shape and can be folded for easy transportation. The springs are strong and can withstand tough pressure. The fabric that is used for making the bed is strong but not elastic. The type of fabric used will decide the amount of bounce and rebound. A Ross bed woven from thin individual strings gives extra height, which in turn gives a little more rebound.
Safety is a matter of serious concern while using trampoline. Bouncing off the bed is a common cause of injury. Moreover, the fall can be hard and bone breaking. It is important to use foam pads in the surrounding area to prevent such mishaps. The chances of accidents are less at clubs and other places that are manned by spotters located closely to the bouncing bed. These devices are also used indoors for fitness purposes and can pose a serious threat of injury. This is because; when you are at home, you cannot use safety measures, such as installing padding around the device. There may not be enough space in the house for adhering to some safety methods. However, a retaining net can be of great help. It can prevent users from a bad fall and the chances of severe injury may be reduced.
Trampoline is an excellent device for performing fitness training at home, provided you take some safety measures. There are mini kits available that come with safety nets.