Trampoline is gradually becoming a mainstay in America’s sporting and recreational activities. Its use has increased tremendously because of the health benefits of trampolining. However, the sport does not come without risks. In other words, it can be a very dangerous sport if the proper safety standards are not followed and if the trampoline is not properly set. So, buying the most ideal trampoline might be a challenging task since safety is the most important thing to consider. But purchasing is not only the problem. How do you maintain it and what are the safety tips you follow to ensure that the user stays safe whenever the trampoline is in use? Below, we shall discuss the basic safety tips to adhere when using the trampoline.
But before we talk about some safety tips, it is important to understand the different types of trampolines available for use. Of course, this will help you avoid buying the model that may increase your risk of injury.
There are basically 2 types of trampolines: round trampoline and rectangular ones. These two groups vary in sizes. Usually, the round trampolines are safer than their rectangular counterparts because they provide smaller bounce. The higher the bounce the higher the risk and it is important to use non professional trampolines (round types) if you are not planning for a competition.
Positioning of trampoline
When buying a trampoline, its positioning is very vital whether you are using it within the house or outside. There are some areas of the house that may provide unique safety benefits.
When situating the trampoline, you have to keep some level of space around it. This is an important safety tip to ensure that you don’t crash on the wall while using the trampoline. Try not to position it on a hard surface such as the concrete. A better ground would be on the grass which will enable the trampoline to become fully rooted and provide a better balance. The following things should also be considered when installing the trampoline on the ground;
- It should be stationed away from debris and trees
- It should be placed in an area with wind resistance
- It should always be stationed on a level surface
Apart from the safety benefits, the above guidelines will definitely improve your trampoline experience.
Maintaining your trampoline
Trampolines are designed to last for a very long time and anyone you intend to purchase should have at least 5 years warranty. But you have a duty to properly take care of them if you want to use it for a longer period. Some people have had their trampolines for more than 10 years. It all boils down to how well you maintain it. Below are some maintenance tips you can carry out on a trampoline;
- Ensure that the legs are properly locked in place whenever you are making use of the trampoline
- If the pads and springs are in need of a replacement, replace them immediately. This is because they are the important parts that keep the frame of the trampoline in place. Their damage for a long time can gradually creep into other areas.
- If your trampoline is stationed outside, its lifespan will be increased if it is properly stored during winter. Keeping it outside during the winter months may damage it even before its warranty expires.
Some additional safety tips
In case the trampoline is going to be used by children, it is vital to use a net or an enclosure to keep them safe in the confines of the trampoline.
If you are making use of the small or medium sized trampoline, do not allow more than one person to use it at a time. This is because apart from quickly weakening the springs, they can easily run into themselves which may result to injury.
Children should always use the trampoline meant for kids and for their age grade.
Always keep watch over children when they are using the trampoline. They may not be able properly observe safety rules when using it.
If your children are using the trampoline, try to minimize risk of injuries by placing some rules such as avoiding wearing of loose fitting clothing, no jewelry on the trampoline, no shoes, no swinging legs or crawling under the trampoline, no jumping off to the ground and no summersault. These sorts of rules will help prevent any accidental injuries that may occur when using the trampoline.
Overall, the trampoline is a very important sports tool that can be very enjoyable if the right safety rules are adhered to. It is not just enough to buy a trampoline and start learning its tricks. To make sure you stay safe, proper safety rules need to be followed just like the tips above. If you can adhere to these simple tips, your chances of injuries while using the trampoline will be greatly minimized.