Not everyone has a full back yard to work with.
As city’s get more crowded, families have smaller and smaller spaces for their backyard.
So, the question gets asked: can you please a trampoline on concrete? The simple answer to that is yes, but there are a few things to keep in mind.
Why get a trampoline
In the first place, lets discuss why families should have a trampoline.
As discussed in previous articles, there are so many benefits to having a trampoline.
We have talked about how trampolines are good for treating ADHD.
So there are many health reasons associated with using a trampoline.
Trampolines can also be a ton of fun and be useful towards wearing down your children at the end of the day.
They can also give you the exercise you need from your own backyard instead of investing in expensive weights and equipment or a treadmill.
What to keep in mind about trampolines and concrete
As mentioned previously, you can have a trampoline on concrete and also find ways to weigh down your trampoline.
The thing to keep in mind, though, is what might be some concerns about having your trampoline on concrete.
- The mat
A trampoline is great fun because people get to fly in the air and feel the exhilaration of being higher than they have ever been before.
But when an object comes up, it must come back down.
When you come back down from jumping on a trampoline, you land on the mat.
And then the mat sinks lower than the frame.
When you have a trampoline on the concrete, though, there is a certain point at which the mat can go no deeper.
And when you get to that point, you, as the person jumping on the trampoline, run into concrete.
The mat does not have anywhere else to go, so you end up hitting the concrete.
If your feet are on the mat when it hits the concrete, this could be painful and you might hurt your feet, ankles, or knees.
If your back is on the mat when it hits the concrete, you could serious injure yourself.
So be very aware of that danger while jumping on your trampoline.
If you have more than one person on the trampoline, this gets that much more dangerous because the mat will sink deeper and deeper.
Some trampolines, like Springfree Trampolines, have a unique build to the trampoline, so they are actually higher up off the ground.
So, this might have assuage some of the concerns with hitting the concrete while jumping.
- The outside
Besides the worry of the trampoline going too deep and someone hurting their legs or back hitting the concrete, there is also the concern if someone flies off the trampoline onto concrete.
This could lead to some serious injuries.
Once you fly off the trampoline, it is pretty hard to control where or how you are going to land.
Where one person might feel they are safe jumping off the trampoline, another person might slip off and end up hitting their head or seriously injuring their back.
This can mostly be avoided by purchasing a trampoline with a net for the outside or purchase one separately.
Many trampoline companies, including SkyWalker Trampolines, have a wide range of trampolines where the nets are included.
And certainly no flipping, backwards or forwards, should be allowed on a trampoline that is based on concrete.
People who flip tend to flip into the net and could either fall off anyway or cause the trampoline to flip on its side.
- Trampoline movement
When your trampoline is based on a lawn or in dirt, there is a natural thing that happens where each time someone jumps, the trampoline legs get buried just a little bit more into the ground.
This movement anchors the trampoline into the ground, which makes it safer and keeps it in the same spot.
You do not have the same safety on the concrete as you do on lawn or dirt, without investing some time and money.
You can, of course, get a drill and drill some holes into the concrete and then use some anchors to keep the trampoline down.
But is it really worth the investment to do it?
What happens if you decide you no longer want the trampoline?
You now have some holes in the concrete that do not look good and would be difficult to cover up.
On a lawn or dirt, over time you could level out the ground and it would be like the trampoline was never there, but you cannot do that once you have put holes in the concrete.
You could resort to using tires or sand bags to hold the trampoline in place, but you still run the risk of the trampoline moving around while you are jumping.
Which could make jumping uncomfortable or would move the trampoline to a spot that is not so convenient.
What can be done
Having a trampoline on concrete is not ideal, but some people do not have a choice if they really want a trampoline.
So what are your options?
As mentioned above, you should get a trampoline with a net or purchase an additional net separately.
Also, purchase something that will weigh down the trampoline and keep it from moving around much on the concrete.
In addition to that, you might want to purchase something soft for the trampoline to be on top of.
Putting a soft base underneath the trampoline helps to slow the wearing down of the trampoline since having the trampoline legs directly on the concrete will quickly wear them down.
According to GetTrampoline.com:
There are several very good reasons why using a trampoline over concrete is a bad idea. First, the trampoline is liable to shift positions as you bounce. Of course, this poses a significant health and safety risk to anyone using or in the vicinity of your trampoline. Also, the shock of the impact from using a trampoline on concrete will cause stress to the trampoline frame. This will result in premature wearing and will cause your trampoline to break. It’s also important to know that manufacturer’s warranties are almost always considered void if you use your trampoline on concrete driveway or a concrete back yard without protection. However, this problem can be solved by using trampoline rubber floor guards or trampoline rubber feet.Can You Put Trampoline On Concrete? Try a Soft Rubber Base (gettrampoline.com)
In this situation, we want to talk about rubber floor guards (rubber feet are typically for the one person exercise trampolines, but we are not covering those in this).
We really have two options when it comes to flooring under the trampoline.
The first is rubber flooring, which you can find at Amazon here.
The second is interlocking floor mats, which you can find here.
These two options give you a second layer of protection between the concrete and the trampoline.
Hopefully, this helps slow down the deterioration of the trampoline, the frame, and its legs.
Putting a trampoline directly on concrete is possible, but not recommended.
Putting the trampoline on concrete can lead to more serious injuries occurring and more rapidly breaking down the trampoline.
So avoid putting your trampoline directly on concrete if you can.
If that cannot be avoided, take the proper precautions by purchasing a net around the trampoline and some kind of rubber flooring for between the concrete and the trampoline legs.