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Round Trampoline Safety: 5 Ways a Trampoline Can be Dangerous
by: James Druman

A round trampoline is an exciting purchase, both for your children and for the parents, who can't help but catch the contagion of their child's fervor. It's a big purchase as well, so it can be intimidating trying to make the right choice, and for a lot of parents in this economy, that might mean cutting some corners here and there to save a buck. But not all trampolines are created equal, and it's important to realize that traditional models have some real risks involved—in fact, 100,000 children are sent to the hospitals for trampoline-related injuries.

Let's look at what some of those risks are so you can make the right choice about your purchase.

1. The Springs

One of the most common injuries that occur on a traditional round trampoline is when children get pinched by the large springs that suspend the bouncy surface. While most of the more modern models do have a cover that circles the perimeter of the trampoline and serves to protect the springs and the metal frame, so people don't collide with and/or get pinched by them, these covers rarely stay secure.

Make sure that you get one that has an extremely secure sleeve for covering the springs, or you might want to check out a springless trampoline, a new design style that has eliminated this danger completely by taking springs out of the equation.

2. Flying Off

Another common injury on trampolines occurs when children are propelled off of the trampoline, which creates the danger of them colliding with another object or the ground. This can result in some pretty bad injuries. Many models these days now use safety nets, which keep children from flying off in the first place. Instead, they hit the netting and are pushed back on to the trampoline surface.

3. Bottoming Out

Even a round trampoline, with its more stable and less bouncy surface, has the danger of bottoming out. This is a term used when a user hits the ground below the bouncy surface. Prevent this by purchasing a model that is a good deal above the ground.

4. Hitting the Frame

Also keep in mind that hitting the frame through the bottom can be another danger. Check out the model you're buying and ask the company what they have done to prevent this.

Other ways you can hit the frame are when the padding on the perimeter of the surface comes loose or even when a frame has safety netting—as sometimes the poles holding the netting are not properly padded. Look for a model that has extremely good padding or find a model that uses thing fiberglass poles to hold the netting up, as these flex and lower the user slowly to the ground.

5. Knocking Heads

One more common and dangerous injury with trampolines is when two people are jumping together and they bounce into each other, often knocking their heads together. Please remember that big, bouncy trampolines are not necessarily made to allow more people to jump at once, and in fact, this is typically discouraged.

It is best for safety reasons to only allow one person to jump at a time—and the bigger trampolines are intended to create a bigger, more dynamic jumping service for active people.

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