Trampoline is an Olympic sport and there are many variations. The trampolines used today in competitions are much more sophisticated in design and equipment. The trampolines have gotten bigger and more powerful over time and a trained athlete can be propelled as high as 30 feet in the air.
The rules and regulations have changed over time as well. Athletes do 2 competitive routines each, and must show 10 skills in each routine. Skills will include double, triple and twisting flips and somersaults. Trampoline became an Olympic sport in 2000, at the Sydney, Australia games.
Jumping on a springy surface to make you go high up in the air has been something people have been doing since ancient times. There are archaeological drawings of something similar to trampolines that date back to ancient Egypt, China and Persia.
An American, George Nissen, invented the first trampoline back 1936. Trampoline was included as part of the gymnastic events starting in 1947. The first World Trampoline Championships were held in 1964.
Kids love trampolines. As long as basic safety precautions are taken, trampolines can be safe fun and trampoline kids can become competitive trampolinists, or just have great fun and exercise.