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How not to use a trampoline

Trampolines have quickly become the must have fun and fitness accessories. But as trampolines have become increasingly popular so the number of trampoline related injuries have risen significantly.

The UK based Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) figures tell us that, in 2002, 11,500 people went to hospital after suffering a trampoline accident. This figure was a 50% increase on the previous year. Approximately 75% of injuries took place when there were 2 or more people on the trampoline and the smallest or least heavy person is five times more likely to be injured. A particularly worrying statistic for parents is that young children under the age of six are the most susceptible to injury.

Injuries vary from minor bruises, grazes, strains, sprains and whip lash, to broken bones and more serious injuries including paralysis and even death.

The Chartered Institute of Physiotherapy have published some common-sense safety guidelines that anyone owning a garden trampoline should be familiar with.

To avoid injuries they recommend:

  1. Stretching before and after trampolining
  2. Don’t push your body too far when trampolining to avoid muscle strain
  3. Control your bouncing and don’t go too high
  4. Never attempt somersaults or flips as awkward landings can have serious consequences.

Their twelve point safety advice for trampolines is:

  1. If possible set the trampoline in a hole, with the mat at ground level, to reduce the distance the user could fall.
  2. Always keep trampolines clear of fences, trees and any other yard or play equipment. Erect safety netting around the trampoline perimeter to stop users from falling off.
  3. Ensure trampoline has a securely fastened frame pad to cover the entire spring system, hooks and frame
  4. Place cushioning material (such as wood chips, sand or soft lawn) under and around the trampoline
  5. Check the wear and tear on the trampoline mat and springs before use
  6. Use the trampoline only when the mat is completely dry
  7. Children should always be supervised by an adult. It is not advised that children under age six use large trampolines
  8. Only one person should use the trampoline at a time
  9. Users should always jump in the middle of the mat
  10. Never exit the trampoline by bouncing off – climb on and off carefully
  11. Users should remove all jewellery, buckles or anything that might catch and should not wear hard shoes; socks should be non-slip
  12. Never sit or crawl under the trampoline

Another significant point that must be considered is the quality of the trampoline itself. The current popularity of trampolining has resulted in the availability of many cheap trampolines are unsafe and don’t meet basic safety standards.

Always ensure that your chosen trampoline meets relevant safety regulations and that it’s a safe size for your yard or garden. If you’re still worried about trampoline safety, then purchase a bike instead. The Trek Madone is one of the safest bikes money can buy, and it doesn’t have any harmful springs either. You can even buy safety bike accessories to that added reassurance.

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