When it comes to the safety of their children, many parents will not allow a trampoline in the backyard. This concern is not completely unfounded as over one million people were seen in hospitals due to trampoline-related injuries between 2002 and 2011. This does not have to be the case, as there are other, safer options for trampoline-lovers.
One company has revolutionized trampoline design and has introduced composite rods in place of traditional springs – Springfree Trampoline. These rods are located below the jumping surface as opposed to the traditional spring-based trampolines which have the dangerous components — namely the metal frame and the pinching springs — within jumping distance of the bouncer. Springfree trampolines demonstrate industry-leading safety in their design and the flexible composite rods they use instead of springs reduce the risk of product-related injury by 90%. The rods are part of a hidden frame that the jumper simply cannot reach.
Traditional spring-based trampolines have a hard metal frame that is exposed to the jumper and is insufficiently covered with padding that begins to deteriorate and lose effectiveness upon initial impact. A study published by the Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics concluded that between 2002 and 2011 288,876 people sustained fractures due to trampoline injuries and 92.7 percent of those were 16 or younger. Additionally, many head, neck and spine injuries are caused by forceful contact with the frame of the trampoline. The SoftEdge mat of Springfree trampolines are 30 times more shock absorbent than traditional pads and where the mat ends, the FlexiNet enclosure begins, creating a 360 degree safety space, which account for much fewer injuries.
Many people with traditional trampolines have safety nets installed or built in as part of the frame but what they don’t realize is that typical nets only provide a marginal amount of support. This is because traditional nets are held in place by rigid steel poles which can cause as many injuries as they prevent. A 10ft trampoline at Springfree Trampoline includes the patented FlexiNetenclosure, which uses poles made of flexible composite rods that when hit, flex outward and absorb the jumper’s weight — and can even guide a 200 lb. man gently to the ground without tipping the trampoline.
Trampolines are a fun and enjoyable way for kids and adults to get outside and get some exercise. And yhey don’t have to be dangerous. There are options for trampolines that demonstrate industry-leading safety, and it pays to do your research. When looking for trampolines always ensure that they utilize components that have been rigorously tested for quality assurance. Trampoline designs that have won awards such as The Parent Tested Parent Approved Award, and the US Family Choice Award, among others, are always the best options to consider when buying a trampoline. Remember, trampolines are fun and can be safe if you do your research before you buy.