When people talk about the safety of a trampoline, they typically leave off the portion about having a trampoline safety net in place.
Having a trampoline safety net in place makes the trampoline so much safer because you are less likely to fall on the ground, you are more likely to spread out from your friends while jumping, it allows parents to have an unobstructed view of the jumpers, and the safety net protects the jumpers from the springs.
Read on to discover the reasoning behind all of these points.
History of the trampoline
George Nissen invented the first commercially used trampoline in 1934.
He had watched trapeze artists land on a net while performing their tricks for the circus and wondered how it would be to create a device that people could continuously bounce off of.
And that is where the trampoline first came to be.
It probably wouldn’t surprise you that the safety net came much later in the life of the trampoline.
The safety nets for trampolines were commercially sold until starting in 1997.
From then on out, most new trampolines are sold with a net enclosure to ensure the safety of those jumping on the trampoline.
It was around this time that I went to a friend’s house to jump on their trampoline and then I attempted to do as many backflips I could do at one time.
I think it was about the third or fourth backflip where instead of landing on the trampoline, I actually landed on the ground a few feet away from the trampoline.
If only they had bought one of those newer trampolines, I might have been safe from falling onto the ground.
Avoiding the ground
First, to start off, the safety net will help keep you off of the ground.
Most of the injuries that occur on the trampoline deal with people falling onto the ground from the trampoline.
There are many ways that someone could end up on the ground.
The errant jump is one of them.
For example, in my case, I attempted to do too many backflips on the trampoline.
This meant that eventually I was going to slip and that slip would cause me to lose my footing and end up somewhere I originally hadn’t planned on being.
There is also when you have more than one person jumping on the trampoline at a time.
The recommendation is that only one person should be jumping at a given time (recommended by both doctors and the makers of the trampolines).
But this hardly ever happens.
Your kids have some friends over for some after-school trampoline jumping and inevitably most, if not all, of them, are going to be jumping on the trampoline at once.
When this happens, someone typically ends up falling off of the trampoline.
You see when multiple people are jumping two or more people are going to end up jumping at the same time.
And when people are in that rhythm, it causes them to go higher into the air and if someone decides to stop jumping or to jump on the trampoline right before someone lands, that could cause the jumper to go flying into the air and off to the side.
So the safety net can do so much to keep people from ending up on the ground in these situations.
Instead of them going flying off the trampoline, they instead go into the safety net.
And just like the trampoline mat, the safety net will make them bounce off and go right back onto the trampoline.
This doesn’t guarantee that someone won’t end up on the ground, since the safety net is limited by weight and is only so high above the mat of the trampoline.
If someone weighs too much for the safety net to handle, instead of sending them back onto the trampoline, the person might break the safety net or cause it to bend just enough that the person ends up on the ground anyway.
Or the weight could cause the trampoline to flip sideways, thus hurting everyone on the trampoline (a good reason to anchor down your trampoline).
So while the safety net doesn’t guarantee to keep the person on the trampoline, it does significantly decrease the chance they will end up on the ground.
With the safety net, you and your friends are more likely to spread out across the trampoline.
Typically, when people are jumping on the trampoline, they tend to spend time in the middle of the trampoline.
This is because the middle of the trampoline is the safest part of the trampoline and no one goes onto the trampoline trying to get hurt.
Having everyone in the middle of the trampoline causes issues as mentioned before where people are jumping at the same time and people tend to get hurt in these situations.
But with a safety net, people are more likely to spread out across the whole trampoline for the jumping experience.
The safety net gives everyone a sense of security, and rightly so, as the trampoline safety net keeps people on the trampoline and off of the ground.
And as you are spreading out, that means people aren’t bumping into each other and no one is being forced off of the trampoline.
Spreading out also allows people to jump on their own instead of worry about someone else’s jump throwing off their jumping pattern.
As mentioned before, when this happens, someone could end up on the ground.
Spreading out helps this to not happen.
Parents can still see what’s going on
So, the safety net is pretty good from a safety perspective.
It keeps people safe and on the trampoline.
It is also good because the adults get an unobstructed view of what the kids are doing on the trampoline.
So while the safety net keeps the kids safe, the parents can also watch what the kids are going.
The safety nets are typically made from synthetic materials and are woven in a way that leaves gaps in the net.
These gaps are not large enough for anyone to fall through, but they are big enough for parents to see through from a short and a long-distance away.
So, as a parent, you can watch your kids from a distance or from close up, keeping them safe, but also keeping an eye on them to make sure they aren’t doing anything they shouldn’t.
And if they are doing something that they should not be doing, you can easily correct their habit and then go back to watching them again.
Thus keeping them safe, but also let you keep an eye on them while they jump.
Safe from springs
So far we’ve talked about how the safety net protects the jumpers from landing on the ground, how it allows people to spread out across the trampoline, and also how it still allows parents to supervise their kids.
Now let’s talk about how the trampoline keeps people safe from landing on the springs.
Besides falling on the ground, someone can also get hurt by landing on the trampoline springs.
When someone lands on a spring, can they end up hurting their ankle or their leg, depending on how they land.
This can be mitigated by purchasing a spring cover for your trampoline.
But it doesn’t immediately take away from the chance of someone getting hurt.
The spring cover can wear out after time.
For example, if you live in an area that gets a lot of wind and rain, then the spring cover can get pretty brittle and break if someone accidentally lands on it or comes in contact with it while climbing onto the trampoline.
There are quite a few trampoline safety nets that are actually set up over the trampoline mat instead of over the springs.
Getting a safety net that goes over the trampoline mat only makes it so you don’t even have to worry about the springs.
The safety net will keep people from getting close to the trampoline.
That way, they won’t get injured on the springs and won’t have to worry about replacing the springs more often because the springs are being left alone.
Overall, you will find that the trampoline safety net is very safe for your family.
The safety net will keep people from falling to the ground from the trampoline.
It will also cause people to spread out more on the trampoline.
And it will also protect people from getting hurt on the springs.
So if your trampoline didn’t come with a safety net, I would recommend you purchase one to ensure people are safer on the trampoline.