One question you might be thinking to yourself is: why should I purchase a trampoline when I can just take my kids to a trampoline park?
There are a few simple reasons why having an at-home trampoline is better than a trampoline park. These reasons include pricing, the severity of injuries, hospital bills, and at-home trampolines allow for better control over your children while they are jumping.
Read on to find out what is most important.
The first reason is a pretty simple one, pricing.
Starting off, you can get a trampoline for pretty cheap.
This can typically start around $300 for a small and simple trampoline.
And if the trampoline is treated right, you can get it to last year 8 years or more.
If you take into account how much a trampoline park costs, within a year or two, you’ve already spent more money than you would on a single trampoline.
According to GetTrampoline.com:
How much trampoline parks cost? The cost to enter a trampoline park can vary. We have seen prices as low as $12 for kids, and it gets even lower for adults. Some adults pay around $5 for a parent’s pass. The price you pay will depend on the park, the attractions you can use and the state or city you are located in.Cheapest Trampoline Park: How Much Trampoline Parks Cost? (gettrampoline.com)
So depending on your family size, you are looking at quite a chunk of change to take your family to a trampoline park.
For example, if you have 5 kids like us, a trip to a trampoline park will cost a minimum of $60.
Go to the trampoline park 5 times during one year (or over a two-year period if 5 times in one year is too much), and you’ve already paid the price for a small trampoline.
On top of that, the pricing only covers about an hour’s worth of jumping on the trampolines (again this depends on the trampoline park and what their rules are).
If you have an at-home trampoline, your kids can jump for as long as they want without any time limits (the exception of course when it is time to come inside for dinner or to get a drink of water and be out of the sun).
Granted, you don’t have the option of jumping on a few different trampolines from home, but you will soon find that you don’t need multiple trampolines for your kids to have fun.
Believe it or not, but when someone gets hurt at a trampoline park they are statistically more likely to get more significantly injured at the trampoline park than they would at home.
According to the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons:
There were 439 trampoline injuries: 150 (34%) at jump parks versus 289 (66%) on home trampolines. Fractures and dislocations accounted for 55% of jump park injuries versus 44% of home trampoline injuries. In adults, fractures and dislocations accounted for 45% of jump park injuries versus 17% of home trampoline injuries. More lower extremity fractures were seen at jump parks versus home trampolines in both children and adults. Adults had a 23% surgical rate with jump park injuries versus a 10% surgical rate on home trampolines.Trampoline-Related Injuries: A Comparison of Injuries Sustai… : JAAOS – Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (lww.com)
While the overall number of injuries on trampolines occurred at home (66% at home), the more serious of the injuries occurred at the trampoline park.
The more serious of these being the surgical rate at 23% and lower extremity fractures occurring from the trampoline park.
There could be a few reasons for this.
The first being that there are so many trampolines to jump on.
When you are jumping on a trampoline at home, you typically have one trampoline to jump on.
If you add another trampoline in the mix, and you put them close together, people are more likely to get hurt (but please don’t do this).
But just like putting your trampoline near a pool or underneath a roof, you are only asking for trouble.
The same is true for trampoline parks, though maybe not for the exact same reason.
You see, when you have trampolines close together, you can easily jump from one trampoline to the other without missing a beat in your jumping.
This causes a few issues.
First, you are transferring the kinetic energy from one trampoline to the next.
When this happens, if someone is already on the other trampoline, this could cause issues for you or other jumpers on those trampolines.
The biggest problem of these being the double jump.
A double jump is when you jump on a trampoline and then before you can land, another person jumps on the trampoline.
This causes you to go higher in the air or you fall completely during your second jump.
That then leads to you either going too high into the air, not being able to control how you land or hurting your ankles or lower parts of your body from crumbling to the trampoline.
This could also lead to hurting your spine since your body is moving in one direction and then all of a sudden it has to stop.
Second, this leads to people being more reckless than they normally would.
Since you are getting higher into the air than you are normally used to, you begin to perform stunts that you wouldn’t normally do.
For instance, when at home on your trampoline, you typically wouldn’t try to perform multiple backflips in a row, knowing that may lead to you ending up on the ground.
When in a trampoline park, you may not think of the side effects of doing multiple backflips because the trampolines are all connected, not taking into account the fact that there are still spring covers in between each trampoline.
Landing on a spring cover could lead to injury.
Or some trampoline parks have walls you can bounce off of to continue the fun, again not taking into account that you might hurt yourself bouncing too high into the wall, possibly hurting different parts of your body.
We took our family to a trampoline park once and they actually had an area used for playing dodgeball, where kids could jump on the trampoline while also throwing dodgeballs at each other.
And this does sound like a really fun game to play.
But I don’t think the trampoline park people really took into account the fact that people attempt to dodge the dodgeballs while jumping, which would lead to people getting landed on or hurt while they are jumping on said trampolines.
When playing on an at-home trampoline, people are usually more reserved in what they do, knowing they are just a few feet from landing on the ground.
And doing too much could end up with them getting hurt, so they have fun, but they don’t quite do the acrobatic things they would do at a trampoline park.
If you have ever been to a trampoline park, you will know that before you can jump, they have you sign a waiver before you can go into the park.
This waiver typically releases the trampoline park from any liability in the case that someone gets injured.
This means that if you or someone in your family gets hurt while jumping on the trampoline, you are 100% responsible for the medical/hospital bills that the injury may incur.
This may also be true even if the trampoline park isn’t regularly maintaining its trampolines.
So before you go to the trampoline park, if you do decide to go, make sure that the trampoline park is performing adequate maintenance of their trampolines.
This includes looking out for trouble spots in the trampoline park, including trampolines that look like they are falling apart or that they haven’t been taken care of.
Also, make sure that the trampoline park allows for adequate space in between each jumper.
Typically you are allotted a certain amount of time to be jumping on their trampolines.
If you find that before your time or during your time, there are too many people jumping, then the trampoline park might not be safe for your family.
With an at-home trampoline, injuring are still yours to pay, but you can keep a better eye on your children, as we will see in the next section, therefore you might be able to avoid injuries at home that you couldn’t avoid at the trampoline park.
At-home trampolines allow for better control of your children
When you go to a trampoline park with your children, it can almost seem impossible to keep track of your children and what they are doing.
The trampoline parks seem so big that one second you are watching your kids jump and then the next, they are nowhere to be found.
That is one of the side effects of going to a trampoline park.
While this does mean that your kids can have a lot of fun, it also means that they could be getting into trouble as well.
An at-home trampoline gives you a little more control in this area.
First, if you want your kids to truly be safe, you are going to get them a safety net for the trampoline.
Not only does this keep the kids from falling off the trampoline and onto the ground, but it also allows you to keep them in one place.
It won’t be easy for them to escape the trampoline and run off without you noticing.
Second, you can see what they are doing through the safety net.
The safety net is typically made of a mesh material that parents can easily see through into the jumping area.
So if they are doing something unsafe, you can quickly correct them and get them back to having fun without injuring themselves.
A trampoline park can seem like a fun place to take your children to release some energy.
But studies have shown that taking kids to trampolines parks can actually lead to more serious injuries.
So try to avoid going to trampoline parks and instead get a trampoline at home, where you can keep a better eye on your children and do more towards keeping them safe.