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Trampolines are a lot of fun. We all know that. But did you know that astronauts train on trampolines? That they can help develop coordination and stronger bones? Or that trampolines can actually be safe?
Check out these 5 myths and 5 facts about trampolines!
Myth: Trampolines Are Dangerous
You’ve all heard the stats, but trampolines don’t have to be dangerous. Did you know that each year in the United States, emergency departments treat more than 200,000 children ages 14 and younger for playground-related injuries? Much like you encourage children to play safely on a playground, you should encourage them to play safely on a trampoline.
Trampolines are also safer than before – adding safety nets and even completely removing springs. Our smart springless design has not only changed the way trampolines work but it has eliminated the impact areas most commonly related to injuries.
Fact: Trampolines In Space
Okay, not really. But the trampoline was originally used to train astronauts headed to space. Eventually, the popularity of the trampoline took-off and now they are in backyards around the world.
Myth: Trampolines Ruin Your Grass
We get this one a lot. People assume that if you have a trampoline the grass underneath will die because it’s not getting enough sun. But this depends on the backyard. Backyards that get a lot of sun don’t tend to experience grass dying underneath. However, if the trampoline is in a shaded area (or there are lots trees) then the grass can yellow out. If this happens we recommend placing mulch underneath.
To avoid this from happening, choose the best spot in your yard for the trampoline – one away from trees and shaded areas. And if you’re worried, you can always move the trampoline to multiple spots to ensure the grass isn’t blocked too long.
Fact: Get a Workout in Just 10 Minutes
NASA found 10 minutes of jumping on a trampoline is equal to going on a 30 minute run. That means you can achieve your fitness goals in less time than hitting the gym. And it’s right in your backyard. Check out these quick fitness exercises.
Myth: Trampolines Can’t Be Used Safely
Yes, they can! Just like you wear bike helmets and have rules for swimming pools, you should have rules for safe trampoline play. We highly recommend following these five safe jumping rules to make your jump time even safer:
- No Flips: Untrained jumpers can land on their head and neck, causing serious injury.
- One at a Time: Having a single jumper eliminates the chance of collisions and injuries. And NEVER DOUBLE-BOUNCE! tgoma games for Springfree trampolines only work with one jumper at a time removing the worry of multiple jumpers.
- Supervise Jumping: A responsible adult should keep an eye on the jumper.
- Safe Clearance: Keep enough space around the trampoline (we recommend 1.5 metres) to allow room for the net to flex out. It’s also important to have safe overhead clearance of 6m.
- Keep it Locked: Zip the net when the trampoline is not being used will keep unwanted jumpers away.
Fact: Co-ordination Boost
The combination of jumping high, maintaining balance and concentrating on executing the move will help to improve your motor skills and co-ordination – all in one go.
Myth: All Trampolines Are The Same
No, all trampolines are not the same and they are not all equal. Trampolines come in many different sizes – large, medium, small – and different shapes – circle, square, oval. And not just that, there are different types of trampolines – springless trampolines, spring-based trampolines and fitness trampolines. You have lots of options to find the best trampoline for you and your family.
Fact: Stronger Bones
The repetitive action of jumping improves bone mineral content and builds the musculoskeletal system. Each landing from a jump is double the force of gravity, which develops muscle strength over time and prevents bone diseases such as osteoporosis.
Myth: Trampolines Are Just For Kids
Kids love trampolines, but they are just as much fun for adults too! You can add it to your exercise routine, use it to reduce stress and turn it into an outdoor activity for the whole family. Set family challenges to find out who can do the most jumps in a minute or who can do the most seat drops. A trampoline can be a great way to engage the entire family in the backyard.
Fact: You Can Jump All Winter
Even though it’s cold and snowy, you can still enjoy your Springfree trampoline. You can build snow castles on the mat, play dodge the snowball, make snow angels, and of course you can still jump. All the engineering and design that has been put into the development of Springfree means that you can leave it outside and enjoy jumping on it all year long, even in the snow. Check out our winter trampoline jumping tips!
At Springfree we believe that kids deserve safe, active outdoor play. That’s why we re-engineered the trampoline from the ground up. To give families a fun way to play outside and give parents piece of mind that their children are safe.
Still not convinced? Check out these five reasons why every kid needs a trampoline.