Trampoline Safety – Facts and Accessories

Published: 03rd May 2011
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Are you thinking about getting a trampoline for exercise, but are worried that it would be more of a health risk than a health benefit? Everyone from Lance Armstrong to Oprah have recommended that people make use of trampolines for the calorie burning, muscle strengthening and lymphatic system cleansing that they make possible, but that doesn’t change the fact that there are thousands of injuries reported every year that are trampoline related. If you want to put your mind at ease about the safety of your trampoline parts once and for all, here are some important facts that you should know about trampoline accessories.

The first thing that you should know is that yes, trampolines are typically thought of as toys for kids, but not everything that’s deemed a "toy" is necessarily safe for unsupervised play, but children or adults. The basic premise of the trampoline is that you use the kinetic energy of the coiled metal springs to hoist both the trampoline mats and anything on it (you) into the air. Although this bouncing movement might seem harmless, it can often jettison bodies higher into the air than they planned for, if the trampoline is used in improper ways.

Whenever you purchase a large piece of sporting equipment that is going to be used by people of different ages and experience levels, it’s always a good idea to lay down some ground rules about how it should be used. First, there should never be more than one body jumping on the trampoline at a time. Multiple jumpers can often inadvertently knock each other off the structure by causing unexpected rebounds. Second, no one should ever bounce on the trampoline without other people watching or at least paying attention. If an injury occurs, it’s important that other people there to help as soon as possible.

If you’re not sure that the trampoline ground rules are going to be enough to keep everyone safe, you can also install some trampoline Accessories that will do most of the hard work for you. One of the most important pieces of equipment to install is a trampoline pad. This is a cushioned piece of weather proof matting that covers the hard steel frame of the trampoline as well as the trampoline springs. You should also think about installing a trampoline net, which will act as a flexible barrier, and will keep people from flying off the trampoline, even if they lose control during a really big bounce.

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