Trampoline Questions and Answers
What are the Benefits of Having a Trampoline?
Apart from immense fun, a trampoline offers a great range of benefits for children of all ages. Exercise is the main benefit being a superb way to improve their cardiovascular health and stamina as well as lower their stress levels, relax them. Additionally, jumping on a trampoline helps improve a child’s coordination and motor skills and overall, their social skills with other children of the same family or friends.
When exercising on a trampoline your children body is gradually becoming strong as well as the mobility. So many muscle throughout the body are used that the list is endless but the main muscles being the legs, glutes, back, core, arms and neck as well as the many stabiliser muscles throughout their body.
I read that there has also been research to indicate there is a position effect on bone health, density, strength which when you add up all of the above you have a fantastic range of benefits for children and reasons to invest in a trampoline.
Why Shouldn’t You Buy a Trampoline?
Although trampolines are one of the most popular toys for children, especially for outdoors there are a significant amount of injuries per year in the UK. In 2019 there were 13,000 injuries with a shocking 50% of injuries of children under the age of 14 being the reason for a visit to Accident and Emergency with 19% being so severe they required immediate medical attention.
Its recorded that 1 in 200 of the injuries suffered by children on a trampoline in their back garden could result in permanent neurological damage. This is also why a safety enclosure and ladder are extremely important, although it’s against the law for a new trampoline to be sold in the UK without the ever so critical safety net.
However overall all manufactures and retailers as well as us at Simplyfun, advice only one child to be bouncing on their trampoline at one time. This will prevent a huge amount of collisions with other children during what should be fun in the back garden.
If you divide 13000 by the 1 in 200 that results in 65 children a year possible having life changing injuries by having an accident with a trampoline.
Amir Ali Qureshi from the University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust previously told the BBC that a trampoline should only be used professional supervision which of course is not the majority of the occasions a garden trampoline is used within the family – Trampolines ‘dangerous’, says top bone surgeon – BBC News
There are so many stories doctors could advice but many accidents do occur when an adult lands on a child when they are both using the trampoline at the same time.
At Simplyfun we want you to have the most amazing fun with your trampoline so please bear in mind the above and if you are investing In a fun trampoline, make sure you cover all of the safety factors before your children or family bounce away many hours in the fresh air.
What are the Disadvantages of Trampoline Fitness?
We love trampolines at Simplyfun and 1000s of families each year invest in one of the most enjoyable outdoor toys for children and adults to have some immense fun bouncing and jumping about.
However, let’s talk about the disadvantages of trampoline fitness but remember they are fantastic for an all over body workout but when it comes to your children’s safety, there are worth bearing in mind of at least being aware of.
One you have read this article, please pass on a range of safety guidelines to your children but also adults who maybe using the trampoline if it has the correct maximum weight limit, usually over 100kg.
There are a huge range of exercises, gymnastics and acrobatics that can be performed on a trampoline. The increase in heart rate and uses a significant amount of muscles which will also increase in strength over time. Additionally, coordination and balance skills also improve but please continue to read on what we feel should be passed on before you invest in a trampoline.
A garden trampoline from the size of 8ft upwards should not be used for children under the age of 6, this is because the strength in the bounce is not good for their developing body. An 8ft trampoline or larger can put too much stress on their knees, hips and ankles so for children under the age of 6 there are a range of small, software bounce trampolines for younger children.
Due to the all over body workout, the risk for injury is much higher bouncing in a trampoline than many other activities, especially in the garden. The risk of injury to the arms, legs, head and neck are considerable with 1000s of trampoline related injuries reported each year, mostly within children’s age range and many due to collisions with other children.
Even though a 8ft trampoline or larger is great for children over the age of 6, it is still highly recommended for adult supervision at all times up to the age of 10, but the age over 10 is your personal preference and responsibility.
Again when children are under the age of 10, their bodies are still developing so their bones are going to be softer than older children. This can easily lead to fractures for younger children and sprains and strains for older children.
Over 10 and into their teenage years, children are older enough to be able to jump on a trampoline without adult supervision. They are less likely to have anybody related issues with a trampoline but this is of course, not out of the question. However, if two or more teenagers or adults were to be using a trampoline at one time, a collision could be very significant so should still take care in that respect.
Important Trampoline Safety Considerations
All new trampolines old in the UK are designed to comply with the EU Safety Standards so make them as safe as possible. With any activity in life there are always going to be some considerations to add to the great work trampoline companies have put in place with trampolines or all sizes.
When installing a trampoline to your garden, please take heed on the following guidance –
All a full 3 meters of space around the trampoline (1.5 meters on every side) so 5 feet around the edge. If you do not allocate this, then children can run in the the safety net, it to stretch as it will have a particular amount of give and children to possible collide with nearby objects or hazards.
Make sure the trampoline stands away from trees, bushes, walls, your home, vehicles, washing lines or even power lines next to the trampoline or above.
The trampoline should stand on a level surface, ideally grass. If the surface cannot be grass then look to invest in some softer material to lay on the ground. If children do happen to fall from the trampoline, a software material to concrete or tarmac will hopefully take some of the impact and limit injuries
Install a tie down kit to prevent the trampoline from behind moved or blown across the garden. This will also give it a little extra stability when in use but no required in itself for this.
Always cover the trampoline after use to limit leaves, twigs, dirt, insects or the family pets from getting on to the bounce mat. Any of these could lead to scratches, tears or deterioration of the bounce mat which in time could cause a trip hazard.
If the trampoline design does not already incorporate this but make sure the springs and any metal clips are covered to help eliminate children coming into contact with the metal springs, clips or any possible sharp edges.
A safety net is a legal requirement when selling a new trampoline in the UK, so please make sure this is used when you assemble your trampoline. Without it, children will very easily fall from the trampoline which when standing, can end up quite a height especially when from a bounce and onto the ground. A safety net enclosure sure help eliminate or minimise this a great deal and reduce any significant injuries which would certainly happen if you do not have a safety net enclosure installed.
Please remove any toys or obstructions from under the trampoline, the bounce mat will stretch to a degree and any sudden impact could easily injure feet, ankles, and legs and damage the bounce mat itself.
Remove any shoes and especially socks on the trampoline. Bouncing should only be done in bare feet, this gives a much better grip than jumping in socks.