Can you get injured on a trampoline? Yes. Can you suffer an injury if you ride a bike, swim in a pool or skateboard? Yes. How can you stay safe, no matter what you do? By having rules in place and supervising the activities. Without supervision trampolines lead to injuries — just as unsupervised swimming or bike riding or skateboarding can.
Regardless of what activity you undertake you could get injured. That’s the truth of life. You could cross the street, walk up a flight of stairs or even get up off the couch and injure yourself. When you weigh the risks against the many, many benefits of jumping on a trampoline, you will see the exercise and benefits far outweigh risks.
That being said, if you own a trampoline, here are safety measures that should be in place:
- Adult supervision is needed
- Only one person at a time should be jumping
- The springs should be covered
- Use safety mats to cover the springs and the space between the edge of the trampoline and the frame
- Use a safety net
- Make certain the trampoline, if it’s an above ground, is on level ground
- Check for overhead dangers — tree limbs, the house
- Never allow somersaults or backflips
There was a study conducted that showed children are more likely to suffer an injury. The main reason for that is that children are more likely to do “daredevil” activities. They are also more likely to disobey the rules of “only one person jumping at a time.” Children are also prone to wanting to jump from the trampoline to the ground and that can cause a serious injury because they are launching themselves high into the air before hitting the ground.
If you have opted to get your family a trampoline, whether above ground or inground, talk with us about the safety measures you can put into place to help minimize the potential for injury. Make sure everyone in the family understands what the safety steps are and why they are so important to follow.
If you’ve been considering getting your own family trampoline — in-ground or above ground — consider these pros and cons, do your research then give us a call. We can answer any questions you may have about becoming a trampoline owner.
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.
We’ve discussed trampoline and in-ground trampoline before and we will discuss it again. There are many ways to keep everyone who uses your trampoline safe and many of those ways are simply common sense. We have 5 trampoline safety tips to share that we hope you keep in mind each and every time you or your friends or family are on the trampoline.
5 Trampoline Safety Tips
- Never wear jewelry on the trampoline. Bracelets, watches, earrings and even rings could snag on the trampoline mat and cause injury. If you land on a piece of jewelry you could get hurt. To avoid jewelry-related injuries, remove it and anything that might be in your pockets before you get onto the in-ground trampoline.
- Somersaults are fun, but can be dangerous. If the person doing the somersault doesn’t have the training or even the flexibility to fully flip, head and neck injuries — sometimes very serious can occur. If someone has proper training and there is someone there to “spot” them, a somersault may be permitted, but you really need to take that on a case by case basis.
- If you have an above ground trampoline, everyone should use the trampoline ladder to get into and off of the trampoline. Do not jump off the trampoline. The ground is probably farther away than you imagine and let’s face it — it’s hard and if you’re jumping up then off the trampoline you have an awful lot of height behind the jump and can break your leg bones.
- Check the mat before you jump to make sure it’s dry and clean. A wet mat will be slippery and can lead to injuries. If the mat is dirty, the grit or if there are tree branches or debris can injure the individual on the trampoline and can damage the mat itself.
- If you have an above ground trampoline, it must be put on level ground. Don’t just place it in the yard without assuring the ground is completely level. If it isn’t level and someone jumps off to one side of the trampoline it could easily flip over and lead to injury. You may even want to place your trampoline on a surface of sand or even wood chips to help level the surface.
Most trampoline and in-ground trampoline injuries occur when common sense has flown out the window. Put safety measures in place and adhere to them for the safety of everyone.
Both in-ground and above ground trampolines need to be used wtih safety in mind. Responsible in-ground trampoline ownership means that the adults in the household need ot set rules and that everyone needs to follow them to assure no one is injured on the in-ground trampoline.
When children, or adults for that matter, land incorrectly or improperly on the trampoline they can break a bone, or worse. Children must be aware that performing “stunts” is off limits for safety’s sake.
In-ground Trampoline Safety Tips
Here are some in-ground trampoline safety tips to consider putting in place for your family:
- Only one person on the trampoline at a time.
- No somersaults or backflips
- Don’t jump on or use the in-ground trampoline without having knowledgeable supervision aka a “spotter”
- Walk onto the trampoline — don’t bounce from next to it then into it. Injuries could result.
- If you’re under the influence of alcohol, don’t use the in-ground trampoline as you may get careless and get injured.
- Don’t use the trampoline to jump from one surface to another.
- Remove sharp objects when jumping. You may also want to remove your glasses.
- If you have physical limitations or circulatory impairment, don’t jump unless you have cleared it with your doctor.
- Focus your gaze on the edge of the trampoline to help with balance issues.
- Don’t bounce too high. To stop a bounce, you will want to bend your knees as soon as your feet touch the trampoline.
- Know the weight limit of the trampoline
Whether you have a swimming pool or a jungle gym for your children, there needs to be safety measures in place and everyone in the household and visitors understand what they are when they are using the in-ground trampoline. If you’re curious about how to be as safe as you can be on your in-ground trampoline ask us, we have many tips and bits of advice we can offer.