JUMP ROPE HISTORY
Past and Present
Since the beginning of times man has instinctively jumped from one object to the next and into open space in need to function and adapt to a constantly changing environment. As a reflex, it is one of the most natural movements of the human body, triggered inherently from the need to attack, gain advantage in combat, escape dangerous animals, dance in rituals, gather food from trees, in celebration or for friendly competition. More importantly, jumping is a natural reflex that can be developed into a skill for advantages and will always be essential to man's survival.
Over time in everyday life and experimenting with his environment man started combining this linear movement of jumping up and down with objects found in nature. As early as the Egyptians and aborigines of Australia, vines and flexible bamboo found in the jungles were combined with jumping as a form of play. These movements practiced together to mastery eventually took shape and emerged into an art form that we refer as Jump Rope or rope jumping. Today this ancient activity and training tool has become synonymous with the warriors' pre fight training regimen and the missing link for developing superior fitness.
The first concrete evidence of jump rope activity can be seen in medieval paintings where children roll hoops and jump rope down the cobblestone streets of Europe. Although, the exact origin of jump rope activity is unclear. Some date jump roping to ancient China; however, the Western versions probably originated from 1600 A.D. Egypt. What is known is that jump roping, in some form or another, spread through Europe to the Netherlands, and eventually to North America.
Early Dutch settlers were some of the first jump ropers in
America. Not surprisingly, one of the more popular jumping
games is called "Double Dutch."
In the early 1940s and 1950s, jump rope became tremendously
popular, and many children in inner cities used jumping rope
as a form of play. It only required a rope, and anyone could
play. From the late 1950s until the 1970s, however, jump rope
history took a back seat to radio and television as it started
to captivate the minds of your children.
In the 1970s, an increased interest in physical fitness and
overall health emerged. Programs started promoting jump roping
to keep kids from other unhealthy activities. To make it enjoyable
and entertaining for kids jump roping events were organized.
Since that time, jump roping has been recognized as a great
way to get exercise.
Fitness Centers, around the world incorporate jump rope as
part of group exercise classes as a short cardio component.
Jump rope is integrated into various Exercise modalities such
as Pilates, Kickboxing, Boxing, Yoga, Bosu Ball, Resista Ball,
Bootcamp and many other forms of exercises.
In Sports training programs Coaches incorporate jump rope
as a warm up and conditioning tool for improving overall athletic
Physical Therapist may prescribe jump rope as a low impact
exercise for rehabilitating and improving proprioception in
injured ankles and knees.
The Jump Rope Institute goal is jump rope education.
To motivate and encourage people to use jump ropes for
sports, jump rope cross training, jump rope fitness, jump
rope weight loss, and jump rope recreation as a way of