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.


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.

Squeaking Trampoline? Try Our Trampoline Maintenance Tips

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trampoline bounce

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.

How To Choose The Right Trampoline For You

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Choosing The Right Trampoline

At first glance, choosing a trampoline sounds easy. But there are different things to consider before taking the plunge and spending your hard earned cash. First of all, it’s important to think of why you want to buy a trampoline. Who is it for? If it’s for getting fit you may want to think of investing in a professional and compact piece of sports equipment. Then of course there is your budget to take into account. What is in your price range?  If you have a big budget, you may wish to spend more to get a trampoline with the latest technology which may have more bounce and help you to possibly lose calories quicker. On the lower end of the price scale, you may just want a trampoline which allows you to jump around as much as you want and will hold all of your weight without breaking! The decision is down to you, but it’s important to bear these factors in mind.

If you have kids, they may be after a huge trampoline so they have lots of space to play around in and an 10ft trampoline should be enough. There are various sizes to choose from up to 12ft and 14ft respectively, with some frames which support up to 19 to 24 stone in weight. The larger sized frames are more suitable to acrobats and are for regular or prolonged use. So research the options in sizes and weights when buying with a purpose in mind, whether that be online or in store.

kanga 8ft trampoline

You may want a mid range trampoline which has some of the benefits of new technology but half the expense. There are now a good variety of mid-range trampolines which offer different support and sustainability features with more focus on the differences between strings which can allow for more bounce, or enhanced safety features. Some are also enabled to be compact to fit as neatly into your back garden without taking up too much space.

Getting A Safe Trampoline

Safety features can include mesh netting to prevent injuries from falling out of the trampoline and safety padding around jumping areas to stop people from hurting themselves. Other features to watch for are waterproof covers to ensure that your trampoline remains in good condition regardless of the weather. Waterproof mats and UV protectors are also part of the latest technology to ensure that trampolines remain strong and in good condition. Most good brands of trampoline come with these enhanced features, though you will most likely pay extra for certain features.

These are just some of the factors to think of when choosing a trampoline. There may be many more. The best way to come to a decision is to write down your requirements. Then comparing any trampolines against these will make choosing your very own trampoline an easier process, as you can weigh up the pros and cons of each item.  There are a great number of recognised and trusted brands in the trampoline industry and this website is a great  starting tool in the selection process to help find the right one for you from the likes of KangaAcrobat and Airtech.

How Good Are Mini Trampolines For Exercise?

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Much has been made of the new social wave of dieting and exercise in order for us all to have healthy bodies and healthy minds. Some items, such as trampolines, have generally been seen as fun items with no major social benefit other than bringing a lot of enjoyment to many people. So, can trampolines be a force for good and help with your exercise regime?

Using a trampoline is very different from any other kind of exercise. Trampoline exercises are, by their very nature, not as structured as using a traditional exercise regime in a gym. The trampoline will exercise your heart in the same way that running and using a skipping rope will as it is a cardiovascular exercise routine. As a result, your energy consumption increases, as does your rate of fat burn and weight loss. Scientists say that trampolining is better exercise than running! Which would you rather do?

“In the present study, the values of heart rate and oxygen uptake ranged from resting to nearly maximal levels, regardless of the type of exercise.” (running vs trampolining)

Not only does the trampoline give the benefits of cardiovascular exercise, but it also helps strengthen the muscles in the lower half of your body, such as your legs, hips, thights, stomach and abdomen. Can you think of many other exercises which do all this and provide as much fun and enjoyment as half an hour on a trampoline?

airtech 8ft platinum trampoline

It’s not only physical exercise benefits that you get from trampolining, either. Trampoline jumping will help to improve your coordination and general spatial awareness. Being able to perform a jump and land properly whilst on a bouncing, moving object takes a lot of skill and practice and trampolining is perfect for building up these skills. For people with joint problems or knee injuries, you may wish to use a small, rebound trampoline. These aren’t designed for high jumping and provide greater support for the joints.

A good exercise routine for trying on your trampoline is to start off with a short warm-up consisting of allowing the natural spring of the trampoline to bounce you up and down. As you continue with this, lift your feet up as you jump, bring them towards your chest and back down when you land. Build up some height and rhythm before moving on to a ‘vertical spring disco’ – introducing some funky moves at that half-second you remain at the top of your jump, floating in the air before gravity takes over from momentum. Introduce a new move each time to keep your brain active, too. Once you’ve done this, try jogging on the spot whilst jumping for an excellent cardiovascular workout.

So, not only is trampolining an awful lot of fun, but you can also reap the benefits through exercise by using a trampoline. Follow our work-out plan as mentioned above and try some of your own routines to see how your trampoline could help you keep fit and lose weight all whilst having fun. Why not let us know which exercises you carry out on your trampoline? We’ll put all the best ones on the blog.