Trampoline Park Safety Concerns

Trampoline Park Safety Concerns

(this article was written for Acrobat Trampolines, and is reprinted with permission.)

The BBC has released a report saying that injuries at trampoline parks are more serious than those sustained when using a trampoline at home, leading many people to ask, “are trampoline parks safe”?

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The data comes from Sheffield’s Children’s Hospital, where nearly 200 patients were treated for trampoline injuries in six months. While only 70 of the injuries were sustained at trampoline parks, the percentage suffering from fractures was actually higher, at 44 percent compared to 36 percent on home trampolines.

Personally, I’d want to see a much larger study done before I’d agree that there was a statistically significant difference between the percentage of fractures sustained at parks compared to homes.

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However, if we assume, for now, that parks are no safer than home trampolines, I’d want to know why that was the case. With all the trampoline padding, and instructional messages beforehand, you’d assume parks were safer. Is it possible that people think they’re safer at a trampoline park, so act more recklessly? Perhaps it’s a problem with more than one person being on a trampoline at the same time, which make it very easy to lose your balance.

With the number of trampoline parks growing, up from three in 2014 to about 200 today, the need to keep a close eye on safety is obvious. Apparently ambulances were called to nearly 1,200 incidents in English trampoline parks in 2017, more than three per day.

It’s suspected that some trampoline parks are not operating effective safety procedures. If so, it should be fairly easy to keep track of parks with above average incidents of injuries and ensure they adopt appropriate safety protocols. One organisation helping to enforce safety standards is the International Association Of Trampoline Parks. From August 2018, all IATP UK Park Members will be required to hold an inaugural certificate of compliance to the Publicly Available Standard 5000:2017. The IATP say…

This document sets out the minimum standards for the design, construction, and operation of trampoline parks. The PAS was sponsored by the IATP and written by a working group that included RoSPA, British Gymnastics, The Health and Safety Executive, Environmental Health Officers, Constructors, Insurers, and Operators

 

High On Trampolining

If you’re a fan of trampolines, then you know how much fun they can be.  It’s that feeling of weightlessness as you reach the zenith of your bounce, and that weird sensation you get in your gut as you plummet.  Then what are you going to do? Land on your feet? Your rear-end? Your back? All are valid landing options that offer a varied and enjoyable bouncing good time.  Every session is an adventure in limited flight, as you wonder how much higher you can go.  Of course, safety considerations must always prevail, as you don’t want anybody flying into a wall or over a fence.  Friendly warning aside, it’s no wonder this activity has really caught on with so many people.  Each year, hundreds of thousands of people purchase trampolines, making it one of the hottest products on the market.

Gone are the days when folks were overly cautious about buying one of these beauties.  New materials and innovations have made trampolines safer and a lot more durable.  Best of all, bouncing on a trampoline for a few minutes can already burn so many calories.  This makes it a more efficient exercise than many others, including running.  Ten minutes in the morning, and ten in the afternoon and you’re on your way to rippling abs and toned muscles.  This is a major reason why even celebrities are getting in on the trampoline bandwagon.  Former S Club 7 singer and dancer Rachel Stevens swears by her regular ten minute sessions, something that has helped her consistently hit FHM’s World’s Sexiest Women list.  If you don’t remember S Club, you’d still remember Rachel as she was the hottest girl in the group, and now you know her body toning secret.

Rachel isn’t the only celebrity using this springy apparatus. Madonna, Queen of Pop, and probably the fittest celebrity of her age bracket, loves doing trampoline exercises too.

“Then comes 15 minutes of dance routines on the mini-trampoline before a full 40 minutes of basic moves — skipping and twirling — on the treadmill.”

The fact she has legs that lean while being over the age of fifty is a testament to the effectiveness of trampoline workouts.  Gwyneth Paltrow is also another hot near 40-year old actress, and she has reportedly been bouncing on trampolines as well.  If you’re a fan of the hit musical series “Glee,” you’d know how smoking hot Ms. Paltrow is, no small feat at 38.  So no matter what age you are, getting into the trampoline craze is a fantastic idea.  Learn a few exercise moves and after a few weeks you’ll notice the difference.  And considering the effectiveness and efficiency of fat loss, trampolines are relatively affordable as well.  So again, it’s no surprise these nifty contraptions have become so popular.

Jason Burnett, Trampoline Prodigy

In 2007, the Trampoline World Cup in Lake Placid was jam packed with tight competition. The trampolinists that competed came from all over the world, with more countries competing since trampolining became an Olympic event in 2000.  And in 2007, Ukrainian gymnast Yuri Nikitin won the gold at Lake Placid.  Before this, Nikitin won the gold at the 2004 Olympics.  What he didn’t do however, was complete a routine with a degree of difficulty of 17.5, thereby securing him a world record in trampolining. That particular distinction goes to Jason Burnett.

Wait, a 17.5? That’s not the world record! Yes, yes, it’s not, but before we get there, let’s get to know Jason Burnett a little more.  Born on December 16, 1986, Burnett is from Etobicoke, Ontario in Canada.  He started flipping around on a mat at age 8, but it was only until the age of 10 that he would bounce his way to his destiny.  It is a huge plus for a child with an interest in trampolining to be born in a country with exceptional backing for the sport.  Canada holds several medals in the event, which shows the excellence of their program.  This is largely in part to the efforts of David Ross, a pioneer in Canadian trampoline events.  Ross himself was an excellent trampolinist in his time.  He eventually set up Skyriders Trampoline Place, a facility where Canada’s premiere trampolinists can train at the highest level, and as is Ross’ coaching style, at the highest difficulty.

So when Jason Burnett eventually join the Canadian national team in 2003, training with Ross in Skyriders, the duo developed a routine like no one has every seen.  Eventually, Burnett worked his way to completing, but only in training, a routine with a DD of 20.6!  Admittedly, Burnett mentioned that the trampolines they use in training allow for longer airtime.  Doing this routine on international event beds still isn’t possible.  Still, Burnett used elements from his otherworldly routine, and produced an amazing performance at the Pacific Rim Championships in Australia.

Wait, Australia? What happened to Lake Placid? Well, Burnett beat his old record of 17.5 by executing an awesome 18.0 routine!  Eventually, that routine was trounced… but by Burnett himself!  At the Davos Trampoline World Cup, he performed a most outstanding 18.8 routine.

It’s mind boggling he hasn’t won a gold yet in international events (he’s managed a silver medal), but when it comes to the most difficult routines, Jason Burnett stands at the top.  That gold?  Sooner or later, it’ll be around his neck.

Why don’t you check out the rest of this site and learn how and where you can jumpstart your own athletic trampoline career?

Extreme Sports Trampoline Training

Trampolines are like a good cross-trainer, but whereas cross-trainers allow you to work out in different ways such as running, walking or stair climbing, a trampoline allows you to practise different sporting moves and tricks.  Gymnasts aren’t the only people that make use of the trampoline as a training tool.  It’s already been discussed here how the trampoline can be incorporated into your work outs.  Simply the act of jumping on one, minus the fancy moves, for several minutes is a great exercise in itself.  For athletes however, the regime is just a bit more complicated. Just a bit.

Kidding aside, there’s a reason why top athletes make use of the trampoline to improve their abilities.  For one, trampoline workout routines affect the body’s sensory receptors.  These proprioceptors as they are called are located all over the body, from muscles to the inner ear, and they make the body aware of its position and movements in response to outside stimuli.  Through trampolines, these receptors are constantly stimulated, improving an athlete’s ability to react quickly and correctly, no matter the situation.  Muscle coordination, balance and spatial awareness, all are improved through trampoline training.

For extreme sports athletes, the cross training not only enhances their latent abilities, but it also provides them with an alternative venue to practice their moves.  We’re not saying Travis Pastrana takes his jump bike and hops it on to a trampoline, but there are alternative trampoline accessories that allow snowboarders, skateboarders and the like to practice their flips safely on the mat.

That’s another great aspect of trampoline cross training by the way – safety.  Extreme athletes used to prop up several boxes to break their fall.  Some practice on the field, landing hard on dirt, snow, and even worse, concrete.  Minus the fear of broken bones, the safety trampolines provide allow the extreme athlete the courage to try out new things, pushing the envelope in their respective sports.

If you don’t believe me, take a look at what wakeboarders are doing to be able to master their incredible tricks or this video…

Due to the versatility, efficiency, and effectiveness of trampoline training, even NASA astronauts are impressed.  This type of training helps them when it comes to the loss of gravity in space.  We regular Joes shouldn’t be daunted by all this athletic use though, because the best thing about all this is, we can all experience the awesome effects of a trampoline work out right in our backyards.  Now all you need is a trampoline, and what do you know, we got a few of them right here.

For fitness, fun and practising extreme sport moves, why not buy a trampoline online today?

Next-Wave Gymnastics Through Trampolining

Most people still think jumping around on a trampoline is a purely leisurely activity. I mean, really? Ok, that last part was just for an overextended rhyme. But in all seriousness, as fun as it is to spend hours hopping along a trampoline for exercise or for pure levity, there are people out there taking the activity to new heights, pardon the puns.

So for you that didn’t know, some people that jump on trampolines actually do it for a living as athletes. Yes, trampolining is a sport. And a little more than a decade ago, it was included as one of the gymnastics categories in the Olympics. Check out what’s going on to prepare for Olympic trampolining events. If you thought during a mere flip, front or back, on a trampoline was impressive, you really have to check out what these athletes can do. Seeing several combinations that involve tucks, straddles, twists and flips will really change your view on what can be done on a trampoline. And not just in the air either – if you’ve been on a trampoline before, you’d know how difficult it is to stop bouncing. But a perfect landing in an event requires landing on your feet, stopping completely without motion for a whole three seconds! Even the athletes have trouble with this, as evidenced by several of them sticking a leg out too soon. This is why an impeccable routine is quite the awesome sight, and makes for great entertainment…


That’s how the sport started too, as another way to entertain the people back in the 30’s.

Trampolining has come a long way since then, having been introduced to schools and fitness centres around the world. The sport is also a lot more supervised, so you can be sure your kids will be safe if they do decide to bounce their way to Olympic glory. Children as young as 5 years of age can avail of trampolining lessons. But if you really want to go the extra mile for your budding bouncing gymnast, you can always get the right sized trampoline for your own home.

Practice makes perfect, so taking those lessons and performing them at home in a secure trampoline is a good way to stay in good form, whilst mastering new moves at the training centre. Of course, this must all be performed with constant adult supervision. Check out other interesting and informative stuff about trampolines at this site and start your child early towards a possible Olympic career.

Top 10 Trampoline Safety Rules

Here we’ve created a list of safety rules for trampolines because we want you to enjoy your trampoline and have huge amounts of fun while remaining safe!

Top 10 Trampoline Safety Rules

1: Attempting somersaults is very dangerous and can cause serious damage should you land on your head or neck including paralysis, injury or even death. Do not turn somersaults on a trampoline.

2: Having multiple people on a trampoline is asking for trouble. Even children have significant weight when bouncing, and two children colliding can cause serious injuries to arms, legs and other parts of the body. Only have one person on a trampoline at a time.

3: It’s wise to have an on-looker supervising any trampoline usage so that if something goes wrong, the supervisor can help, or get help. Adult supervision is almost always preferred.

4: Safety enclosures protect trampoline users from falling off and injuring themselves on the ground. Respected trampoline sellers only offer trampolines for sale with protective enclosures. Ensure the safety enclosure is properly set up before any trampoline use.

5: Inspect a trampoline (and its enclosure) for wear and tear before use. Any damage should be thoroughly checked and, if necessary, any damaged parts repaired or replaced before use of the trampoline. Keep your trampoline in perfect working order and check it before each use.

6: Learn how to stop on a trampoline (by flexing your knees to absorb the impact with the trampoline) before learning or attempting any other trampoline jumps.

7: Bouncing high on a trampoline is not a sign of skill. On the contrary, being able to control your bouncing is much more important. Practise landing in the centre of the trampoline before trying other skills. Don’t bounce high for the sake of it, especially if you’re inexperienced on a trampoline.

8: Prevent unauthorised access to the trampoline. Securely close it after use and remove the access ladder to a different location. Have a rule that no-one is to use the trampoline without supervision.

9: Never use the trampoline when its surface is wet as it will be slippery and accidents such as sprains and twists are much more likely.

10: Be knowledgeable about your trampoline. Know the instructions for usage and care of the trampoline.

Leapfrog Trampoline Review: Quality All Round

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leapfrog trampoline

The premium range of Leapfrog trampolines come in the various sizes from 8 feet to 16 feet.  Although all trampolines are suitable for all jumpers, the smaller trampolines are better suited to lighter jumpers especially children and the larger trampolines are more suited to adults.

If you imagine a child bouncing on a trampoline, they’d find it harder to bounce if the mattress was more taut, i.e.  has more springs whereas a heavier jumper would prefer more springs because they’d get a better bounce. For the best bouncing, the smaller Leapfrog trampolines are more suited to lighter jumpers and the larger trampolines to heavier ones.

All of the premium trampolines from Leapfrog have 1.6mm steel frame construction.  The steel is galvanised inside and out which gives protection against the weather and prevents the frame from rusting. The trampoline springs are made of 3.2mm steel and are highly responsive giving an excellent bounce. The jump mat is polypropylene and comfortable to bounce on yet durable.  It is also permeable which allows water through and stops it pooling on the surface.

Other features of Leapfrog trampolines are tough stitching, safety padding and a safety enclosure.  If you buy this trampoline from Trampoline Warehouse you also get a free ladder and spring tensioning tool.

Boing Trampolines Review: Strength And Durability

Update 2018: Boing Trampolines are no longer available, sorry. We suggest checking out the Kanga, Acrobat and Leapfrog trampoline ranges.

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boing trampoline

Boing! is a manufacturer of heavy duty trampolines which, thanks to their toughened 2mm steel frames, are all capable of handling weights up to 24 stone. This makes them suitable for heavy duty or longer term use by groups, older children and even adults. The different sizes and characteristics available within the Boing! range make it easy to find the right product.

There are four basic sizes of Boing! trampoline; the range includes trampolines measuring 8ft, 10ft, 12 ft and 14ft in diameter. This size range makes it easy to pick the Boing! trampoline size best suited to the space you have available. Every Boing! trampoline, whatever the size, boasts a number of extras which are included with safety in mind. These include the galvanised steel frame, with curved legs for added flexibility and strength; responsive springs in varying numbers to provide different performance levels (more about this later!); high quality safety padding around the edges of the trampoline to protect users from injury; a high-spec jump mat made from tough polypropylene to ensure a longer life and higher performance; and a free safety enclosure featuring netting to further safeguard against accident or injury.

Choosing The Right Boing Trampoline

When choosing your Boing! trampoline, the number of springs attaching the jump mat to the frame will be an important factor. Small children or lighter users will find models with fewer springs more responsive than those with more, which may be too taut for them. Consequently, a smaller model such as the 8ft trampoline may be more suitable for young children but may deliver less ‘bounce’ for heavier users. However, as fewer springs create a less taut jump mat, heavier users would be better advised to consider the 10ft, 12 ft or 14ft models, all of which feature more springs and offer a ‘better bounce’.

Another indicator of Boing! quality is the fact that every spring is held in place by row upon row of thick stitching- a minimum of 10- which guarantee a long life for these products. Among the free extras offered by Trampoline Warehouse with your purchase are spring tensioning tools, a ladder and a waterproof cover. Purchasers will also receive a bonus in the form of a free bouncy hopper for the children.

Devon-based supplier Trampoline Warehouse stocks a wide range of trampolines in all shapes and sizes, and is sure to have something for everyone. Each trampoline in their range comes as part of a package, with a number of free extras included, together with free next day courier delivery and great service, so everythign you need is only a few clicks away. Boing! is one of the key ranges stocked by Trampoline Warehouse, comprising a number of attractive options.

Squeaking Trampoline? Try Our Trampoline Maintenance Tips

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Many people all over Britain and the rest of the world now have a trampoline in their back garden. They’re great fun and fantastic exercise tools, but they do need maintaining like any other piece of equipment. One thing which can baffle a lot of new trampoline owners is the development of a slight squeak when bouncing on the trampoline. This can be very difficult to diagnose as it is only apparent when you’re actually actively bouncing on the trampoline, but we’ve got some tips for diagnosing and treating squeaks plus some other trampoline maintenance tips.

Most trampolines will consist of a metal circular frame which is attached to some springs that grip onto the mesh (the platform of the trampoline which you bounce on). The springs tend to fit into a punched hole which has a metal ring around the inside of it. When the lubrication on the springs and the metal rings wears out, the metals rub together, causing the squeak. All you really need to do is lubricate the joints again and your squeaks will disappear. You will need to do this fairly regularly to ensure that the joints are well lubricated. This will stop the squeaks and will prolong the life of your trampoline. You can use any type of safe lubricant, but WD40 and wax tend to work well and be the most long-lasting lubricants for trampolines.

You should also check your trampoline regularly for broken or worn springs and other parts. Broken parts can be very dangerous if they are not changed. If you maintain your springs using a lubricant as mentioned above, you should only have to change your springs very rarely, if at all. Springs can usually be ordered direct from the manufacturer or from a local specialist store. Only use springs which are specifically designed for your model of trampoline and never buy generic springs or attempt to do it yourself. With your children bouncing through the air purely on the tension in those springs, do you really want to risk it?

You should check regularly for cracks or stresses in the frame or legs, too. The mat or mesh needs to be checked for cracks or tears. Ensure you cover up your trampoline in the autumn as bonfires and fireworks can send burning embers onto the mat and burn holes through it in no time. The mat should be replaced if it has any holes in it. You also need to ensure that you read the safety notes that come with your specific model of trampoline so you know the routine for maintaining and looking after your specific model. Trampolines are a great, fun addition to any back garden but caution always needs to be exercised. Have fun and have a great laugh, but above all please make sure you be careful. If you have any questions regarding repairs and maintenance to your specific trampoline, please contact your manufacturer directly for further advice and assistance.

How To Look After And Maintain Your Trampoline

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trampoline bounce

Trampoline Maintenance

Once you’ve chosen the right trampoline and taken it home to set it up in your garden, it is all too easy to forget that after you have jumped around on it and had your fun,  you now have to look after your new product. At the end of the day when you step off the trampoline and go back into your house, most people don’t remember that their trampolines are exposed to all kinds of weather conditions which can impact on the wear and tear of these products. Ultimately this can determine the longevity of the product and a suitable care and maintenance routine can shape how long your trampoline lasts.

Following a few simple rules prevents wear and tear. Ensuring that your new trampoline is cared for does not have to be a complicated process. Placing the trampoline in a plentiful, open space to allow people to move around outside, can stop potential accidents from happening as a result of getting too close to. Nobody wants their trampoline to have unnecessary damage done to it, for example, as a result of DIY tools being left around by the side which could rip the material. Or even the trampoline causing damage to other people as a result of getting their foot trapped trying to get out! So make sure that space is a priority. Keep the trampoline just for fun and games.

Trampoline Protective Cover

We all want to be able to get straight on a trampoline and jump around for a couple of hours on a sunny day. After all, trampolines are also great for sunbathing in your garden. But when winter comes, if a trampoline is not properly covered, then the next year it may be harder to bounce on and need significant repair to have the same effects of first time use. When choosing a cover, buy the appropriate size to fit. Being aware of the trampoline’s size and dimensions can avoid disappointment later.

Another tip is to place a cover over the trampoline for when the weather is particularly bad. Heavy rain can damage the metal frame and can cause rust to build up in the springs. This can cause adverse effects such as squeaking which can be a worrying sound.  Rust on springs can be removed using a mixture of household products such as salt and limes to form a paste which is placed on the tough spots on the springs and left to develop over a period of hours. Removing the mixture with a toothbrush can also scrub away the rust.

Water damage is another element which can destroy the trampoline mats. A weather cover can protect against this. Conversely, extreme heat can ruin the mats and you should invest in a UV protector if you live in climates where the temperature regularly exceeds 110 or 120 degrees.

Taking care of your trampoline is easy if you follow the above steps.  But check with the manufacturer if you have a speciality trampoline, for further details.