History Of The Trampoline

- Jun 05, 2019-

Before we dive into the trampoline park industry, we first need to look at the history of the trampoline itself. The first trampolines were built by George Nissen and Larry Griswold in 1934. The concept was developed at the University of Iowa as a training tool for astronauts and gymnasts. [1] The name trampoline is derived from the Spanish word for diving board: trampolín.

Larry and George continued to create trampolines and in 1942 started the Griswold-Nissen Trampoline & Tumbling Company. The company produced trampolines in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

The pair had visions for new sports to evolve from special uses of their new devices. These activities use special equipment and Games like "Spaceball" were demonstrated, but never built enough momentum with the public.

Despite the failures of several early new sports using trampoline surfaces, trampolining as a pure activity took off. Starting during the 2000 Games in Sydney, the Olympic Games added trampolining to its roster. The two event (men's and women's) is still part of the games today. Before we dive into the trampoline park industry, we first need to look at the history of the trampoline itself.