3 Lessons Learned: Trampolines

How to Buy a Trampoline A trampoline can offer tons of fun for the whole family. But though they are a great way to keep children active or busy, trampolines are actually very serious pieces of equipment. They, in fact, play an important role in competitive sports as well as physical conditioning required for specific occupations. Of course, anyone in the market looking for a trampoline should know the various types they come in, including the available accessories, and most importantly, the safety and maintenance guidelines. Below are tips that will help you make a smart purchase: 1. Prioritize safety.
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Kids may be thrilled by them, but trampolines are hardly all fun and games; they can be risky too. But of course, with responsible use – which includes providing proper instructions to all users, especially children – everything should be in control. For instance, only one person should be allowed to jump on the trampoline at a time. Never flip or jump from the trampoline to another surface. And definitely, children must not be allowed to jump without an adult watching them. A trampoline will probably come with a user’s manual when you buy it anyway, so be sure to read it and follow the directions.
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2. Look at the surface where you plan to put the trampoline. Before you buy a trampoline, check the space you have in your backyard. The surface under a trampoline must be flat and as soft. And leave at least 3 feet of clear area around the outer edges, and at least 24 feet of clearance overhead. All objects in the immediate area, such as rocks, should be removed. 3. Check the 3 S’s – shape, size and spring. Trampolines are available in five various shapes – rectangular, square, round, oval and octagonal – with diameters from 6 to 17 feet. Round is the most common shape, designed to keep the jumper safely in the middle, while rectangular ones are typically made for athletic or gym use. Round is the shape that is most common, being designed to keep the jumper in the middle for safety, while rectangular ones are usually made for gyms and athletes. The bounce of a trampoline is determined by the number of springs in it. More springs mean a higher jump. For instance, in a round, 15-foot trampoline, there will probably be around 70 to 96 springs. 4. Be conscious of the weather. Jumping in gusty winds should be totally avoided. Moisture can also be damaging to a trampoline, so make sure yours is dry all the time (not too dry though that it will crack. If you examine a trampoline, you’ll find that its springs have a cushioned covering. Polyethyline (PE) or PVC is often used for this, but PVC is often tougher and longer-lasting. 5. Think extras. You can usually buy vinyl trampoline covers – a great way to keep the equipment dry – from stores that sell trampolines. Mesh rings, which act as a safety enclosure, are a very popular accessory too and are even well recommended.