There is no one person credited with inventing the jump rope, since it dates back to ancient times. The modern version of the jump rope is believed to have been invented in Egypt in 1600 A.D.
Though the jump rope dates back hundreds of years, it did not become popular until the early to mid 1900s. Jump ropes are used for play, but they also promote physical fitness. Jump ropes became less popular after the invention of the television, but as of 2014, they are still used by all ages. They are also a part of rehabilitation programs used by physical therapists.