Trampolines can be great fun for kids and adults alike. Everyone loves the feeling of flying through the air and the fun of bouncing. As fun as trampolines are, you must follow basic safety rules to ensure safe exercise and avoid injuries. Following are our top five safety rules for trampolines:
One at a time please
The first, and most basic, trampoline safety rule is that only one person should ever be on the trampoline at a time. Even if the two people try to stay apart, the way the trampoline bends as they come down tends to push them toward each other. Many injuries are caused when two people slam their heads together or end up landing on one another, which can easily lead to broken bones or stressed tendons and ligaments.
It’s been estimated that up to 75% of trampoline injuries are caused by multiple jumpers using the trampoline at once. These types of injuries are completely avoidable, but are all too common when people decide to jump together.
Always, always use a safety net
One of the biggest sources of injury while playing on a trampoline comes from falling off the side. People either jump too far to the side and fall to the ground after a high jump, or else they land right on the edge and catch their legs on the frame or springs. Either scenario can easily lead serious injury.
The best way to mitigate this potential risk is to buy a trampoline with an optimized safety net, or else install one to an existing trampoline. Safety nets surround a trampoline to prevent jumpers from flying off the side. Typical cheap nets connect to the frame of the trampoline, but optimized safety nets connect directly to the jumping mat. This not only keeps people from jumping straight off the side, but it also prevents a jumper from landing on the spring assemblies. Landing on the springs hurts, even if they are covered, and catching a leg between the springs when falling can even break bones.
Bigger is better, especially with trampolines
Another great way to keep people from falling off a trampoline is to simply buy the largest model possible. The larger the trampoline, the larger the safe jumping area in the middle is. It isn’t always easy to jump straight up and down, and the larger the landing surface, the less chance of falling near the edges. Combined with an optimized safety net, a large jumping surface for a solo jumper is a sure way to reduce risk of injury.
Never attempt risky moves
Whenever people think of trampolines, they think of doing awesome spins and flips and other cool tricks. What they don’t realize it that the people they have seen doing these things on TV are trained to do those tricks safely. When performed by an amateur, these tricks are dangerous. There are many tricks that shouldn’t be attempted unless the jumper has been supervised and trained, including:
- Front and back flips
- Any other trick where the jumper flips upside down
Tricks that involve flipping upside down are the most dangerous for beginners because of the danger of landing on their head or neck.
Always have supervision
Finally, people need to realize that trampolines are not an appropriate toy for children to use unsupervised. Adults should always watch children when they play on a trampoline to ensure they don’t fall, they don’t try to jump together, and they don’t attempt tricks that are dangerous and above their ability level.
Trampolines are a lot of fun, but they are not really a children’s toy. They can be used for serious acrobatics, and even a child can end up jumping to at least their height, which can be a recipe for disaster when mixed with roughhousing.
Trampolining can be a fun backyard activity for the whole family, and they are great exercise. But that doesn’t mean they can be used carelessly. If you follow these five safety rules, you will drastically reduce risk of injury. And by using proper precaution and staying safe, a trampoline can provide years of fun.