Trampoline Safety Guidelines

Trampoline Safety Guidelines Can Save Your Life

There is no doubt in the minds of those that have suffered trampoline injuries that having clearly outlined trampoline safety guidelines could have prevented the injury. For this reason, many consumer agencies and public safety coordinators are starting to take a closer look at trampoline safety and have developed a concrete set of guidelines that any trampoline owner should find beneficial to their trampoline experience. In the end, nothing is more important than the safety and welfare of our family and friends.

Generally, we know all about trampolines and the fun that can be had on a summer night with our children as we leap about. We also know about the exercise that can be gained by jumping around on our trampoline. Many of us, however, are not well informed when it comes to the possibility of injury on a trampoline and do not follow adequate safety guidelines when we are on our trampolines with family and friends.

Common Injuries

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, a trampoline is not safe for use at home, in gym class, or on playgrounds. The Academy clearly does not have a lot of faith in the trampoline as an appropriate child’s toy and states that these trampolines are “never” used in these situations. Tens of thousands of trampoline injuries take place every year, and with more trampolines entering more backyards, the AAP suggests that the number will only rise and heavily recommends against the use of a trampoline in most situations because of the risks involved.

Two-thirds of the people injured on a trampoline are between the ages of 6 and 14. The most common injuries from trampoline use include broken bones, concussions and other serious head injuries, sprains, bruises or cuts, and neck or spinal cord injuries that could result in paralysis or death. Many children are injured due to improper landing while jumping, landing off the surface of the trampoline or on the springs, and colliding with other jumpers in mid-air.

 

Worth the Risk?

In the end, parents need to understand the possibility for injury should proper trampoline safety regulations not be followed. These regulations and guidelines usually come with the trampoline itself and were compiled by experts well-versed in the injury capacity and potential for danger of a trampoline. Follow these trampoline safety regulations if you are planning on getting trampoline and do your part to prevent serious injury in your own backyard.

Rebounder Trampolines

One of the most exciting exercise workouts lately has been using mini trampolines for a great aerobic workout called “rebounding”. So, is this just another fitness fad, or the start of something big? While its early yet, unlike other fitness routines, rebounders can be found within the ranks of teens to seniors. Given its wide age range, its great to see that you can get in shape and have fun doing it.

We have all seen the advertisements on late night television. A room full of scantily clad young men and women exercising to hip hop music. Each one jumping up and down in synchronized unison with the others on their own tiny little trampoline. The exercise community calls this kind of trampoline a rebounder trampoline, a mini trampoline or just a rebounder for short. At first you might think those television advertisements are just flashy exercise gimmicks to take some of your hard earned cash and of course they are trying to sell you their rebounder trampoline along with some exercise program. But it may surprise you to know that the health and exercise benefits from using a rebounder trampoline are very real and the fun part is there as well.

Ed Russell first invented the mini trampoline in 1938. But no one was interested in it back then so it died out. Then in 1977 Al Carter, an exercise expert and author, brought it back to life and marketed his rebounder trampoline to the world. It became a fad in the 1980s and almost everyone was buying one. Like so many other exercise fads, it grew to a market saturation point in the late 1980s and almost disappeared in the 1990s. But today it is making a comeback, better than ever, often combined with aerobic dance moves, modern pop music and even martial arts and with cardiovascular and aerobic benefits for young and old alike.

So why would you want to buy a rebounder trampoline? There are, after all, dozens of other types of exercise equipment vying for your consideration. Perhaps the biggest advantage derived from exercising on a rebounder trampoline is the low impact on your joints, bones and muscles. Jogging or running, for example, are extremely good aerobic and cardiovascular exercises but they can be brutally damaging to your bones and joints. The repetitive impact of your feet on the ground is, long term, not at all healthy for you. Of course, sports shoe manufacturers have significantly improved the cushion and support in modern athletic footwear. But the damage done to your body from repeated foot impacts is still there. Low impact aerobics was designed specifically to give good exercise without joint and bone damage from foot impact. But for the ultimate in low impact exercise nothing beats a rebounder trampoline.

Of course, the fun factor is great with a rebounder. Remember when you were a kid and you had such great fun jumping up and down on your bed? Back then your parents probably put a stop to that. Now, you can get that same fun rush all over again with a rebounder trampoline. You start with the basic jumping up and down move. Focus more on pushing down against the trampoline than jumping up. Only a couple of inches are enough to start getting a good workout. Before you know it the jumping will start to feel natural and you can start trying other moves. You only have a limited space to work with, less than 40 inches for the average rebounder, but you can still do all kinds of exercises in that space. Jumping side to side, running in place, knee lifts, one leg hops and twisting and kicking can all be part of the fun on a rebounder trampoline. Before you know it you feel your heart pumping, your legs start to feel a little tired and you start to sweat. All are part of healthy, fun aerobic exercise.