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Guidelines For All Trampoline Users

Trampolines, both inground trampolines and above ground trampolines have long been popular. They appear to be growing in popularity, though now that adults have begun to realize how easy it is to get healthy simply by jumping on a trampoline. We offer these guidelines for all trampoline users to assure everyone is as safe as they can be on the trampoline.

It’s much easier to get healthy when you can do it in the comfort of your own backyard AND when you aren’t putting any undue stress or strain on your joints. We, at In-ground Trampolines, certainly understand the desire to find a way to get healthy while not risking injury and that’s why we work with our customers to assure they’re getting the best trampoline for their needs along with safety equipment.

Guidelines For All Trampoline Users

We have put together some basic guidelines to serve as a safety manual for beginning trampoline owners and as a reminder of safety measures for long-time pool owners. Here are a few of the many safety measures you should take:

  1. No one should jump alone. There should be someone supervising the jumping at all times.
  2. Don’t allow somersaults.
  3. Remove jewelry and earrings or anything that could catch on the jump mat and cause injury
  4. Jump barefoot, in sock feet or wear trampoline footwear
  5. Jump one person at a time unless it is an adult with a young child and the child is jumping while the adult is providing stability. Two jumpers may use the trampoline if they are evenly matched in weight

There are many ways in which injuries are caused when jumping on a trampoline and many of them can be easily avoided. Those causes of injury include:

  1. Hitting another jumper (that’s why it should really be only one person on the trampoline at a time)
  2. Doing stunts or back flips and getting injured
  3. Jumping or falling off the trampoline (No one should jump off the trampoline — they should use  the steps or ease themselves off the trampoline
  4. Getting injured on the springs (use spring covers)
  5. Keep the trampoline away from tree branches or structures where a jumper could hit his or her head

There should always be an adult in the area to supervise the jumpers. Trampolines, just like any other piece of equipment, are safe as long as you have rules in place for its use.

If you’re thinking about getting an above ground or an inground trampoline this year, give us a call. Let’s talk about the best trampoline for you, your family and your budget.

Do you need a trampoline cover?

Do you need a trampoline cover? Probably not. It’s like asking if you need a swimming pool cover. You don’t necessarily need one, BUT it can protect the jump mat and keep it viable and safer for longer, so why not?

The In-Ground Trampoline experts at our company do believe a trampoline cover can help extend the life of the trampoline jump mat and can protect it and keep it cleaner.

When you invest in an above ground or an in ground trampoline, you should research and look into all of the accessories available for purchase and make the decision on what you need to, and want to, do to protect your new investment.

Do you need a trampoline cover?

There are many accessories you can buy when you get your trampoline and you may not have considered a trampoline cover. If you haven’t here are some reasons you should:

  1. Your trampoline is exposed to the elements all the time.
  2. It can get covered with dirt, debris and bird droppings
  3. It will be subjected to rain, freezing temps, unrelenting sun… all of this takes a toll.
  4. It will keep the jump mat cleaner.
  5. A cover will make it easier and quicker to use the trampoline because you won’t have to spend valuable jump time, cleaning the mat

Look for a trampoline cover that is:

  1. Weather proof — not weather resistant. A weather proof cover will protect the jump mat from the damage of UV rays
  2. Look for a cover that will cover the springs and protect them from the elements. Chances are the springs are already covered by spring protectors (and they should be) you will want to protect all of the elements of your trampoline. Buy a cover large enough to encompass the entire trampoline

If you’re thinking about getting an above ground or an inground trampoline this year, give us a call. Let’s talk about the best trampoline for you, your family and your budget.

 

Throw A July 4th Trampoline Party!

It’s almost the Fourth of July! Independence Day! A day for family, friends and celebration! If you’re hosting a backyard barbecue or a picnic or any other type of gathering for the Fourth of July, you know the trampoline will figure in! How can you throw a July 4th trampoline party? It’s easy!

One of the biggest parts about including the trampoline into the party planning is to let your guests know you have a trampoline and to ask them if they’re all right with their children jumping on it. Not all parents will be and it might just be easier to declare it off limits to everyone rather than having a child or two sitting idly by watching the other children jumping.

Throw A July 4th Trampoline Party!

If all of the parents are on board with the jumping on the trampoline aspect of the party, make sure you share the rules of the trampoline with everyone. Sharing the rules is one aspect, enforcing the rules is another!

Here are some trampoline rules you need to enforce during your July 4th party.

  1. Only one person at a time on the trampoline. The exception could be if you have two people of similar weight. If you have that, they will be evenly matched and injuries probably won’t occur. If you have two people of vastly dissimilar weight, the lightest jumper could get injured. The exception would be if a parent wants to be there to help a child jump (but aren’t jumping themselves)
  2. No shoes on the trampoline. Bare or sock feet are best. If you’re worried about germy feet, have a basket of clean socks that the jumpers can put on before they get into the trampoline.
  3. No jumping from the trampoline to the ground. Use the ladder or other method you have to get onto and off off an above ground trampoline.
  4. No back flips.
  5. No food or drink on the trampoline
  6. All jewelry must be removed. Belts should also be removed. You don’t want anything on that could snag the mat or that could get stuck and injure the jumper.

Enjoy your 4th of July party and invite the trampoline as one of your “guests!”

If you’re thinking about getting an above ground or an inground trampoline this year, give us a call. Let’s talk about the best trampoline for you, your family and your budget.

Different Types Of Trampolines

At In-Ground Trampolines, our trampolines are “safer by design” and we take that motto to heart. Even though we sell in-ground and some above ground trampolines, we know there are different types of trampolines that you can purchase or that you could be introduced to while on a vacation.

Here are a few of the other types of trampolines you may have heard of seen. They each have unique features.

Different Types Of Trampolines

  •  Competitive These trampolines are the sturdiest and the most resilient of them all. These are used by sports athletes, are very light, typically are constructed with steel frames and have more than 100 steel springs. These trampolines usually allow the rebounder to jump higher than on a traditional backyard trampoline. The reason for the “higher jump” is because those who use the competitive trampolines are executing tricks like back flips and others.
  • Recreational trampolines — those are what you typically find in your backyard. These trampolines have fewer springs and don’t have as much bounce. They are used in fitness centers and schools and are what a parent would buy for his child.
  • Mini trampolines — are what they sound like — small trampolines that are built to be used by only one person at a time and are used for cardiovascular workouts. They are ideal for individuals who want to work out, but have knee or joint pain. They are ideal for indoor use and do not have a high bounce.
  • A water trampoline is constructed with an inflatable tube and floats on the water. A water trampoline lets you jump and work out and if you “fall off the side” you will fall into a body of water.

What you will typically use for your personal use and for your family will be the recreational trampolines and that is what we offer our customers.

If you’re thinking about getting an above ground or an inground trampoline this year, give us a call. Let’s talk about the best trampoline for you, your family and your budget.

Happier And Healthier On A Trampoline

Can you be happier and healthier on a trampoline? We definitely think so! When you invest in a trampoline that is specifically designed for use in your backyard you are adding a fun spot that the entire family can enjoy.

Above ground and in-ground trampolines both provide happier, healthier benefits because both allow for rebounding. Rebounding is the act of jumping on the trampoline and just by jumping you’re alleviating gravity from pressing down on your body and that feeling of momentary lightness also lightens your mood.

Happier And Healthier On A Trampoline

Any kind of exercise will make you healthier, but not all exercise makes you happier! If you live in Arizona, for example, you may not be too happy if you’re a jogger and you’re attempting to jog in the triple digit temperatures. You can, however, be happy jumping on a trampoline in your back yard because you will be getting a work out and it won’t be as taxing on your body as a jog on hot pavement would be.

Trampolines, for the past several years, have taken the spotlight in the fitness world because it is an ideal exercise for young and old. You can jump on a trampoline and get in shape even if you have joint pain because you’re not landing on a hard surface. Jumping helps clear your lymphatic system and helps work so many of the muscle groups in your body.

Jumping on a trampoline helps children and adults work on their balance. In order to remain upright on the trampoline you need to use your core muscles to land on the rebound and stay upright. Children love being on a trampoline and they really don’t care whether they’re getting in shape, they just know they’re having fun. As a parent, you can rest assured that if you have rules for the proper use of the trampoline in place, your children can have fun and get in shape and be happier and healthier!

If you’re thinking about getting an above ground or an inground trampoline this year, give us a call. Let’s talk about the best trampoline for you, your family and your budget.

 

How To Clean Your Trampoline

When is the last time you cleaned your inground or above ground trampoline? If you’re scratching your head because you just can’t remember, we offer you these how to clean your trampoline tips.

Even if you use a cover for the jump mat and if the trampoline springs are covered, it still makes sense to take time to clean the entire trampoline. Add “clean the trampoline” to your monthly to-do list and definitely to your spring cleaning list.

How To Clean Your Trampoline

Here is what you will need to gather in order to clean your trampoline: a bucket filled with warm water and a mild detergent, sponges or a soft cleaning cloth, a hose and dry towels.

Before you clean the trampoline, remove any debris from the jump mat and from inside the springs and padding. If you scrub the mat and there’s dirt or debris on it you run the risk of damaging the jump mat surface.

Hose down the jump mat and the spring covers. Once it’s wet, climb up and use your bucket of warm, soapy water and the sponge or soft cloth and gently clean the surface. Don’t scrub roughly and don’t use any kind of brush to clean the mat. Remove the clean all of the spring covers.

Once everything is clean you will want to dab it dry with your clean, dry towels. Choose a time to clean the trampoline when you know it’s going to be sunny for a few days and that you aren’t planning to jump on it until it’s completely dry.

How often should you clean the trampoline mat?

The frequency should be based on often you use it — the more use it sees, the more often it should be cleaned, but on average, it should be cleaned at least monthly.

If you’re thinking about getting an above ground or an inground trampoline this year, give us a call. Let’s talk about the best trampoline for you, your family and your budget.

Pros And Cons Of Backyard Trampolines

There are pros and cons of backyard trampolines just as there are pros and cons for backyard swingsets and swimming pools. The cons of all of these items can be addressed by the adults in the household having measures in place to assure that anyone and everyone who uses a trampoline, swingset or swimming pool understand.

When it comes to the pros of a trampoline — both above ground trampoline styles and inground trampolines, here are the ones that come immediately to mind:

  1. They’re fun!
  2. You can get in shape in a no impact way on a trampoline
  3. Trampolines are able to be used by anyone in the family–regardless of age
  4. They help children develop coordination
  5. They help older family members with balance

Pros And Cons Of Backyard Trampolines

What are some cons of a trampoline?

  1. You can get injured if you don’t have rules in place
  2. Your homeowner’s insurance rates may increase
  3. You may be required to install fencing (but that certainly isn’t a bad thing!)

Whether you invest in an above ground or an inground trampoline you want to buy from a dealer who sells high quality, made in the USA components. You also want to work with a company who can give you insights and offer advice on the best trampoline for your family. Don’t just go online and click “buy” on a trampoline without understanding all about its components and the quality of the materials.

How can you keep everyone safe on your family trampoline?

  • Institute a “only one person on at a time” rule
  • No backflips
  • Place the trampoline in an area where there are no overhead dangers — trees, roofs
  • Have safety mats in place to prevent anyone from getting injured on the springs
  • Check the jump mat before every trampoline session to assure it’s clean and there are no tears

If you’re thinking about getting an above ground or an inground trampoline this year, give us a call. Let’s talk about the best trampoline for you, your family and your budget.

7 Trampoline Fun Facts

Are you spending a lot of time on your in-ground or above ground trampoline? Do you invite friends and family over for trampoline time and then maybe a cookout or party? If so, do you want to wow your guests with your trivia knowledge? We have 7 trampoline fun facts you can add to trivia night around the trampoline this summer!

7 Trampoline Fun Facts

  1. The largest trampoline is 63,000 square feet, is in Glasgow, and is several trampolines connected together? How big is your trampoline?
  2. Here’s a two-for-one trivia fact. The first trampoline was constructed in 1936 by George Nissen and Larry Griswold. Nissen rented a kangaroo to jump on the trampoline with him, in Central Park, to show people how a trampoline worked!
  3. In 2017 Lucas Laurent did 49 backflips on a trampoline in less than one minute! We don’t recommend doing backflips on your trampoline unless you’re being spotted by an expert and that you have training.
  4. Trampolines are safer than you may think! A study in the United Kingdom showed there are about 300 trampoline injuries — not 100,000 as is typically reported AND those injuries are usually cuts or sprains. Broken bones are uncommon. To prevent injuries, only one person at a time should be on the trampoline.
  5. Trampoline jumping aka rebounding is safer and healthier as a workout than jogging.
  6. Lost your balance? Jump on a trampoline and improve your stability and balance. Also, trampolining is healthy for individuals of any age.
  7. Bill Gates has a trampoline in his house. Now that you know that, and if you have your trampoline, you are in great company, right?

If you’ve been looking for a way to ease yourself back into good health and happiness, give us a call and let’s talk about the best trampoline for your family and your yard!

If you’re thinking about getting an above ground or an inground trampoline this year, give us a call. Let’s talk about the best trampoline for you, your family and your budget.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Healthy Happy Kids This Summer

Summer is almost here. School is almost out. The cries of “I’m bored!”will soon begin! If you’re like most parents you want healthy happy kids this summer and you want them to be out-of-doors and enjoying the fleeting months of sunshine, right?

One way to get the kids outside this summer, if you don’t have a swimming pool, is to invest in an in-ground or an above ground trampoline. They are fun for the entire family and hint, hint… the kids will be getting in shape while they’re having fun!

Healthy Happy Kids This Summer

If you have ever jumped aka rebounded on a trampoline you know how much fun it is. You also know that when you jump on a trampoline, it has “give” so you’re not putting any stress or strain on your bones or joints. In addition to a trampoline being fun for the kids in the household, it is also a great way for you to get, or stay, in shape.

A trampoline is an ideal way for anyone, and everyone, to begin a workout routine without fear of injury. As with anything, though you may want to check with your doctor to make sure you are healthy enough to jump on a trampoline.

When you jump on an in-ground or above ground trampoline you will be increasing the blood flow throughout your body and this not only brings oxygen to your cells, but it also stimulates your lymph nodes and helps remove toxins from your body.

Did you know… you don’t need any particular skill when you jump on a trampoline? It’s true! There is no prior training needed. You simply get on, jump and have fun. Jumping helps strengthen your core muscles because you need to tighten them to remain upright. Your leg muscles will benefit and if you struggle with mobility or stability issues, jumping on a trampoline may help prevent falls as you age.

When it comes to the health benefits of a trampoline “workout” here are a few more to consider:

  1. It helps you maintain balance — stability is crucial as we age
  2. It helps with your overall physical fitness
  3. It is easy
  4. Jumping on a tramopline is a healthy way to increase your heart rate, improve your flexibility, work your muscles and improve reflexes
  5. You can jump for thirty minutes a day and improve your health and weight loss
  6. You will strengthen your ligaments, tendons and help reduce the risk of arthritis when you rebound
  7. Jumping will improve your posture, your lung capacity and your self confidence

Still not convinced? Ask your children and we will bet they give a resounding “yes!” to rebounding this summer.

If you’ve been looking for a way to ease yourself back into good health and happiness, give us a call and let’s talk about the best trampoline for your family and your yard!
If you’re thinking about getting an above ground or an inground trampoline this year, give us a call. Let’s talk about the best trampoline for you, your family and your budget.

How To Buy A Family Trampoline

“We want a trampoline!” Have your children been asking for a trampoline? It might not just be the kids who want a trampoline, though right? How to buy a family trampoline is something that we talk with our customers about all the time. It’s not kid’s play buying a trampoline, but it isn’t a decision fraught with too many obstacles, as long as you work with a trampoline dealer who is experienced in his trade and who sells made in the USA parts.

As with any purchase there are questions you will want answered and decisions you need to make before you make your final decision on the family trampoline. Believe us when we say, the entire family will ant to be involved in and jumping on the trampoline!

How To Buy A Family Trampoline

Here are some questions to ask and items to consider:

  1. Location. Where will you put the trampoline? You will want to determine this as this will help you answer the other questions.
  2. Above ground or in-ground trampoline. This goes along with the location of the trampoline. There are benefits and drawbacks to each style and you need to look at your yard with a critical eye and decide where it will go and how it will work with your current landscaping.
  3. What shape do you want? Circle, rectangle, square, octagon. Rectangle trampolines offer more bounce and a larger bounce area. Round ones are better at keeping the rebounder centered on the jump mat.
  4.  What size do you want? How many people will be using the trampoline? Remember, to keep jumpers to one at a time or to two who are essentially the same size and weight — this is a safety issue. Once you know the location of your trampoline, it will be easier to determine the size.
  5. Safety accessories. These include the quality of the jump mat, the springs, the spring covers, whether you have a trampoline enclosure and others. Talk with us about your safety concerns.

  Find a reputable in-ground or above ground trampoline seller. Ask him or her questions and let him or her guide you through the buying process based on your unique needs.

FIND AN INSTALLER NEAR YOU

In-Ground Trampolines has a growing list certified dealers/installers. If you need a contractor in your area, we are happy to help you find one.

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