We all love a turn at the trampoline, the thrill of the bounce as it flips you off the ground, the exhilarating feeling as you land only to bounce back up, and it works even for the oldest of bones. It’s a safe form of fun, relatively cheap, doesn’t require a lot of space, and works well with children of diverse ages.
The equipment is relatively easy to set up, doesn’t require a lot of skill, and is easier to dismantle too and move around. This makes trampolines quite a favorite of quite a number of homes, recreational centers, schools, and even churches.
Observing some of a few factors before using the trampoline is essential to ensure that safety is observed and the equipment doesn’t get damaged unnecessarily.
Some of the important issues to consider are:
- The springs attaching the mat to the trampoline stands are securely fitted and attached at all the ends. The trampoline becomes unstable if the springs are not well attached and thus may risk injury to the person using it.
- The trampoline should not have objects or materials on it. This may prove injurious to those who are using the equipment, especially if they are sharp materials. Additionally, they may cause tears to the mat easily due to the fact that the material is stretched and tugged tightly.
- This should also be set on relatively level ground to provide stability to the equipment as its being used.
- The mat should also be regularly checked for tears and holes arising from frequent use. Once this is noticed, the mat should be unhooked and repaired first before usage to increase its longevity.
Once the equipment is ready for use and set up safely, it would be wise to establish a few rules on how to engage in play on the trampoline and reduce accidents and resulting injuries.
Trampoline Safety Measures
Some Trampoline Safety Measures are:
- If the mat is not big enough, the players should go in one at a time or at most 2 people, preferably children of the same size. This will reduce the risk of injury should they collide or fall on each other.
- The players should be advised to avoid funny stunts such as back flips and side landings on the mat. Owing to its size, the players may risk landing outside the mat, thus sustaining an injury or, if on the mat, land at an awkward position that may cause severe injury or even paralysis.
- It is also important for a person to observe the surroundings around the trampoline as the others are playing. Other children or even pets say dogs and puppies uninterested in the ongoing may crawl under the mat while the others are playing aboard. This may result in injuries in the guys above or even those under the mat due to the force of the players playing on top.
- It would also be great to have adult supervision around the whole equipment at all times, to aid those playing to either get in or out of the trampoline.
- Food, snacks, and drinks are definitely a no on the mat. Those interested in eating should just wait out there and eat or drink away from the whole equipment.
In addition to the above rules, it would also be necessary to put some additional measures in place to increase the safety of those playing. These could be pads that are added to all the visible metallic parts that form the whole structure. The paddings should also be added to all the exposed gaps on the mat. This will reduce the risk of somebody’s foot getting trapped in the openings or may be knocking on the metallic surfaces.
A netting could also be used to go round the whole mat to avoid those jumping from falling off. The netting can be put in a way that goes all the way around the mat. This will help particularly for small kids who can easily be thrown off the map by the impact of the jump.
All said and done, all measures in place, it’s important to let everybody enjoy the fan but make sure there’s constant supervision at all times.
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I’m a 40-year-old Trampoline Enthusiast from the USA who has been researching trampoline and its benefits for the past 5 years. My main focus is to provide you with the best information possible about trampolines so that you can make an informed decision about whether or not this is a suitable activity for you and your kids. Also, I’m reviewing trampolines for different categories, for instance, toddlers, kids, adults, heavy adults, and seniors.