While a trampoline may be an excellent tool for entertainment and exercise, it may also be very hazardous if its safety rules are not properly followed.
For many kids, jumping on the trampoline offers great hours of fun. Many parents underestimate the risk of using this equipment, especially by children.
According to the CPSC (consumer product safety commission), in 2014, about 104,500 trampoline-related injuries were reported in the United States.
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons stressed that trampolines should strictly not be used without other person’s supervision while the American Academy of Paediatrics is against the use of trampolines for recreational purposes.
Trampoline is great fun and no matter how small or old you are, you can make use of trampoline either for fun or exercise. Trampolines have enjoyed great popularity over the past few years.
However, in as much as trampoline workouts have a lot of important health benefits, it also has its own share of hazards and that is the very reason why trampoline safety rules are very important.
Unsafe trampolining may lead to head trauma, broken bones and sometimes lifetime injuries such as paralysis and in some cases, trampoline accidents may lead to death.
With the increasing popularity and the way people are enjoying trampoline workouts, there is a need for jumpers to have a knowledge of trampoline safety tips to avoid terrific accidents. In this way, Trampoline workouts could be a fun and a means of improving your health status.
Generally, most trampoline-related injuries occur as a result of mistakes while landing, practicing dangerous tricks, colliding with another jumper, and landing on the frame or springs.
All these potential accidents can be avoided for as long as you follow the listed trampoline safety guidelines.
1. One person per Trampoline
The first rule for trampolining is that only one person should be on the trampoline while jumping. This is because with two or more persons on one trampoline at a time jumping, there are so many chances of getting hurt. Bouncing become unpredictable and all the protective padding around isn’t going to help you if someone lands with his elbow on your back. American Trauma society reports that 75% of trampoline-related injuries occur as a result of many people jumping together.
2. Too high jumps should be discouraged
Children often get excited when they are using trampoline all the time, but unfortunately, some tend to jump too high and may lose control resulting in landing the wrong way. To avoid this, children should always be trained to control their jumps all the times and they should also keep it low.
3. Land on both feet
Most trampoline injuries occur as a result of landing mistakes. The safest and best way to land is on both feet. It is always advised to land on both feet while bouncing as one-footed landings are risky and may lead to an injury. Landing on one foot is very dangerous and makes you vulnerable to slipping away because your body is not correctly aligned and have no stabilizing forces at work.
4. Always land in the center
Always aim at the center of the trampoline when bouncing, this is also called the SWEET SPOT because it is the part with the most give.
Bouncing on the center of the trampoline is a very important tip because when kids land in the center of the trampoline, the chances of them falling off the trampoline is greatly reduced. Whereas, when the kids land at the edges, their chances of landing off the trampoline is very high especially near the frames.
5. Avoid using trampoline when under the influence of alcohol and drugs
The use of alcohol and drugs may impair your judgment. To ensure your safety and that of your kids, never attempt combining alcohol and trampoline workouts. In the past, a lot of kids have been hurt especially while bouncing with adults who are drunk at summer garden parties.
6. Stay in control and always stop if you feel tired
Safe trampoline exercise is all about control. The moment you start to lose the control of your jumps, stop jumping and come down. Also if you are feeling exhausted, bring your jumps to stop and leave the area so as to avoid colliding with other jumpers.
7. Adult supervision is always required
Do not, in any case, leave children unattended while jumping. Kids are creative beings, and they always want to put into practice or experiment on their ability to do something new most especially if they are alone.
They may try to practice some trampoline tricks which may result in them landing the wrong way, either with their head or neck down and this can result in some serious permanent injuries. But when you as an adult is present, try in as much as possible to monitor how these kids jump and stop them from making any dangerous moves.
8. Pace Yourself
You can easily get injured if you don’t properly pace yourself. And if you are tired, slow down and take a rest. If you are new to trampolining and you are just getting started, it is advisable not rush into starting with big tricks. Don’t push yourself too hard beyond what you are capable of doing at that moment.
9. No double flips
Flipping is great but pretty risky. Single flip is cool to try but double flips at a time is pushing it too far. To ensure your safety, it’s advised to do a regular jump in between flips so as to recover your balance and prevent potential accidents.
10. Attempt trampoline tricks only if you are skilled
Doing some trampoline tricks add fun to your exercise but are highly dangerous. Children and teens should not be allowed to perform stunts or flips unless they are experienced jumpers. Somersaults and flips can be highly dangerous, it is always advised to stay within your skills level and consider training/lessons before attempting any special trick.
Trampolines are great for entertainment and even better for fitness and workouts. However, falling off the trampoline can result in serious life-threatening injuries like paralysis and in some cases loss of life. Many of these trampoline-related injuries can be avoided if these 10 simple safety tips are followed.