The purpose of this study was to compare two mini-trampolines with different spring constant in regard to their effect on take-off mechanics. It was expected that the softer (36 springs) trampoline would lead to a longer contact time and a higher take-off impulse. To assess reaction forces during jumps a flexible force insole was used simultaneously with the measurement of run-in velocity by timing gates. Results showed no significant differences in contact mechanics or contact time indicating that the difference between these two trampolines is only marginal. Therefore, this study provides mainly a novel measurement approach to assess the effect of equipment changes in trampolining. Future studies are warranted to assess the athlete-equipment interaction in greater detail.
Kersting, Uwe G.; Brandi, August P.; Rosendal, Andrew B.; Hansen, Jacob F.S.G.; Kristensen, Mark B.; and Gregersen, Martin L.
"THE POTENTIAL EFFECT OF MINI-TRAMPOLINE STIFFNESS ON TAKE-OFF BEHAVIOUR OF GYMNASTS – A METHODOLOGICAL STUDY,"
ISBS Proceedings Archive: Vol. 35
, Article 137.
Available at: http://commons.nmu.edu/isbs/vol35/iss1/137