In France seen from an airplane (or from a drone), we have seen strange round warts appear in gardens for several years. Trampolines of 3.60 m in diameter, on average, on which children bounce happily. As in this house in Colombes, in the Paris region. Three young children share a trampoline, leap with their arms outstretched to the sky, challenge each other to perform a trick or fall with their full weight. They are cries, laughter too. These little kangaroos combine rebounds, stop jumps, more acrobatic combinations, play cat or ball inside this playground as attractive as a pot of honey, summer and winter.
“They have a great freedom of movement, spend their energy, and then we know where they are”, emphasizes Djamila Djennane, their jovial grandmother, who acquired it in 2018. “If it’s not raining and it’s over 10 degrees, this fun and physical activity that improves coordination, balance and agility is an excellent way to fight against a child’s sedentary lifestyle”, confirms Ludovic Richard, gymnastics and acrobatic sports manager at Decathlon.
Invented for sporting purposes by an American gymnast in 1934, the apparatus ventured into the field of outdoor recreation in the early 1970s, before taking over the private garden at the end of the 1980s. an elastic plastic tarpaulin stretched over a metal frame, with different geometric shapes, most often surrounded by safety nets to prevent crashing runways.
“In individuals, the trampoline is bought above all for children, explains Grégory Moreau, sales manager for France Trampoline, a Bordeaux brand specializing in the field for fifty years. We have seen a notable democratization of the domestic trampoline and good increases in our sales, between 2005 and 2010, with seasonal peaks between March and June, before a significant increase with the Covid-19, since 2020. ” The Paris region and Haute-Savoie are at the top of their clientele. The same upward trend observed at Decathlon over the past three years (+ 10% per year), in a market concentrated at 80% in North America and Europe, almost non-existent in Asia.
If it is popular with young acrobats, the trampoline is not indifferent to adults, for whom it is regressive and ideal for letting go and building up muscles with ease. Beware, however, of the perineum, and especially of the ridiculous – which fortunately does not kill.
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