As a sport, trampoline varies greatly from recreational bouncing. International competition trampolines are larger and more powerful than traditional "backyard" models. Trained athletes are able to propel themselves as high as 30 feet in the air during their performances. Upper-level athletes can easily demonstrate a graceful array of double, triple, and twisting somersaults during routines.
Power tumbling is performed on elevated runways, often with fiberglass rods underneath to assist tumblers in propelling themselves higher than a basketball goal as they demonstrate speed, strength, and skill whilst executing a series of acrobatic maneuvers. Explosive somersaults with multiple flips and twists are performed by the top-level contenders in this category.
Synchronized trampoline demands the same athletic skill as individual trampoline, while adding the element of precision timing. Using two separate trampolines, two athletes perform identical 10-skill routines at the same time side-by-side. Considered the most artistic event in the sport of tumbling & trampoline, each performer intends to reflect a mirror image of the other. Twice the beauty in an already breathtaking sport!
Double mini-trampoline combines the horizontal run of tumbling with the vertical rebound of trampoline. After a short run, the athlete jumps onto a small two-level trampoline to perform a rebounding trick immediately followed by a dismount element on to a landing mat. Double mini-trampoline is similar in concept to a springboard dive, except using a mat instead of water.