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Potential Trampoline Dangers

You might think that trampolines are more dangerous than other backyard activities. While accidents can and do happen on trampolines, adhering to some simple safety measures will prevent most of these before they happen.

Usually, accidents are a result of jumpers' negligence, poor judgment, or disregard for safety rules. Vuly strives to educate users on the common safety mistakes that users make. Read on for frequent safety errors, expert safety tips and advice.




One Jumper at a Time


There should be no more than one person on a trampoline at any time. Multiple jumpers may injure each other when jumping, as they are unable to judge the dynamics of the jumping motion and puts both users at a dramatically increased risk of injury.


Additional users introduce unknown variables in the rebounding motion and can lead to unintentional falls. Each move made by an additional user sends forces through the jump-mat. These forces upset the rhythm and the balance of the other person jumping. This back-and-forth exchange of energies through the mat can range from subtle disruptions to larger uncontrollable disturbances that can lead to someone falling down awkwardly or into the other person.


The jump-mat tends to direct each jumper back towards the centre, so a collision between multiple jumpers is almost certain to occur. One trampoline user falling on another is a leading cause of broken bones in trampoline injuries.


Children should be taught the one-person rule before they are allowed to jump. This regulation needs to be enforced every time the trampoline is in use, regardless of age or experience.


Supervise All Jumpers


Children and inexperienced jumpers should always be supervised. Risk-taking and decision-making skills do not become fully developed until individuals reach their early-to-mid twenties. Remember, children are more likely to use poor judgment and put themselves in danger when they are not under the supervised direction of a responsible adult.


Stay Clear When Watching


Do not allow any individuals beneath the trampoline at any time. Individuals who do not observe this rule risk receiving head injuries from the person jumping above. Additionally, individuals who are under the trampoline can also get their fingers, skin, or hair caught in the springs. It is important to note that the metal hooks from the springs can puncture or scratch skin when used improperly.


Get On & Off Safely


Caution must be used when dismounting the trampoline. Vuly provides high-quality, inexpensive ladders that make accessing the trampoline easy for users of all ages.


Jumping on the trampoline for an extended period of time may cause the user to become accustomed to the rebounding nature of the trampoline jump-mat. Therefore, users can begin to lose their normal perception of how solid the ground is. Care needs to be taken to avoid jumping off of the trampoline to the ground, as the landing can cause damage to the feet, ankles, and other parts of the body. Additionally, users who dismount in this unsafe way increase the chance of hitting the edge of the trampoline, nearby debris, or other individuals who may be walking past.


Because our safety nets feature a doorway, many users become confused as to the proper way to dismount. Many users make the mistake of crawling through the door head-first. However, dismounting this way requires the user to rotate their body so that their feet can be firmly placed on the ground. Hands, feet, or other body parts can cause the user to get caught in the net and fall to the ground head-first. The easier, safer way to dismount a safety-netted trampoline is to move to the door, sit down, and then slide out feet-first. This movement ensures that your feet will be the first thing that will contact the ground and eliminates the risk of becoming entangled in the net.


If accessing the trampoline proves to be challenging, we recommend purchasing a trampoline ladder. Some families use concrete blocks, bricks, or cardboard boxes to make mounting the trampoline easier. However, these materials can easily shift, making the structure unstable. Vuly provides top-quality trampoline ladders at competitive prices. The ladders feature two extra-wide no-slip steps to assist users trying to access the trampoline. They hook sturdily to the trampoline underneath the safety padding, eliminating the risk of shifting.


Jump Safely


Do not perform any stunts or tricks at any time. Any individual who attempts to execute feats greatly increases his or her risk of injury, and should be stopped by the supervising adult. Feats and tricks are only to be performed by elite athletes under highly supervised and trained supervision. Individuals who defy these guidelines risk over-flexed fingers or wrists, sprained limbs, neck injuries, sore muscles, or broken bones.


Vuly trampolines are designed for recreational use only, and are not meant to substitute or act as competition products.


It is essential to always have the knees slightly bent when landing. Bent knees absorb some of the impact of landing and prevent excessive stress on the joints.


Care needs to be taken to avoid jumping away from the center of the trampoline jump-mat. The nature of the rebound changes as the user moves away from this point and can bounce the individual in an unexpected manner or direction. This could result in the person being directed off of the trampoline entirely, or direct them into the trampoline frame or surrounding objects.


The safety padding will absorb some of the impact of a fall, but may not stop serious injury from occurring. To ensure your family's safety, please stay away from the outer edges of the trampoline. The center of the trampoline is always the safest place to jump.


If the user begins to move away from the center of the jump-mat, he or she should stop jumping immediately and try to absorb any remaining rebound with his or her legs. This should halt the jumping motion and allow the individual to move back to the center of the trampoline.


Ensure Safety Features are Installed


Padding


Safety padding is a fantastic way to protect users from the springs and metal hardware, and it is crucial that every trampoline is fitted with this safety component. Exposed springs could cause serious injuries to the fingers, hands, legs, feet, ankles, and other parts of the body. Our UV and water resistant safety padding is included with every Vuly trampoline purchase, and we carry a full stock of padding for all past and current Vuly models.


We can provide safety padding for trampolines from other companies; however, we cannot guarantee that our pads will fit other models. If you are ordering safety padding to fit another trampoline model, please carefully measure the device to ensure an accurate sizing. The padding should sit comfortably onto the frame, and the inside edge should slightly overlap onto the jump-mat. This ensures that users cannot come into contact with any part of the springs.


Enclosure


We strongly recommend purchasing a safety net for your trampoline. Safety nets have significantly reduced the chances of trampoline-related injuries and are an inexpensive, effective way to protect your family. Safety nets act as protective arms to gently guide wayward bouncers back to the centre of the trampoline, and remove the possibility of fall-related injuries. Our Classic safety nets come with a modern zip door to ensure that children stay safely within the net enclosure. Vuly's unique safety net attachment guarantees that children will have no contact with the springs or other hardware.


Safety nets are a fantastic precautionary device; however, mishandling or mistreating the safety net increases your risk of injury. Do not continually or purposely jump into the net; similarly, protect the net from outside stresses, such as poking, picking, or stretching the material. Doing so may weaken the net material or stitching.


It is important to continually check the net for any weakness or tearing, which can reduce its effectiveness. If any damage is detected, we strongly recommend contacting our customer service centre before any users are allowed on the trampoline. Using good judgment and properly caring for your net ensures that your family will be protected from fall-related injuries.


Many trampoline providers attach the safety nets around the outside of the trampoline frame. This attachment method does not provide any benefits beyond keeping the user on the trampoline. In fact, the outside attachment method exposes the occupant to the springs, safety padding, and frame edge. Vuly's innovative attachment design does not allow the user any access to the safety padding or any trampoline hardware. Instead, it is located on the inside of the safety padding and attaches to the edge of the jump-mat, which guides the user to the safe, flexible jump-mat only and makes it impossible for them to land on the springs or frame edge. This prevents user injuries and helps preserve the life of the safety padding. No jumping area is lost in this design, as the only areas that are excluded from access do not provide any form of rebound capacity.


Vuly's safety netting poles are positioned away from the main body of the net, protecting the user from collisions. Many other trampoline companies attach their nets against the safety-net poles. This attachment method could pose a threat to users who may hit the poles, leading to injuries and damage to the trampoline components. Vuly safety nets float away from the poles, ensuring that users have to apply significant force on the net before they come into contact with the padded rods.


Vuly's safety net material features extremely small holes that are too small for children's prying fingers.


Seek Shade Where Possible


Trampolining, like all outdoor activities, exposes users to the dangerous qualities of the sun. We strongly recommend positioning the trampoline in a shaded area in order to protect users from skin damage and excess sun exposure. Sunscreen should always be worn to further protect users from the sun's damaging UV rays.


Additionally, dark colours and metal tend to absorb heat from the sun more than other components. Some components, like the dark jumping mat or the steel frame, may be unexpectedly hot when exposed to the sun's rays.


It is important to check all parts of the trampoline for excessive temperatures before letting users jump. Sun-exposed trampolines are constantly absorbing heat from the sun and the ambient outdoor air temperature may be dramatically different than the temperature of the components. User contact with unexpectedly hot components is painful and can lead to burns and discomfort.


Be Aware of Muscle Fatigue


Trampolining is a great way to sculpt the legs, arms, and torso. As it is such a fun exercise method, some jumpers may not realise how long they have been working out. Jumpers should always be aware of muscle fatigue or failure.


Jumping on a trampoline requires short bursts of energy and strength to rebound into the air. As a result, many users may be deceived into thinking that they have much more strength and stamina than they possess. Once the jumping session has been completed, continue to walk around to encourage active recovery.


Fatigued legs may not feel weak until the user tries to resume normal activity, like climbing down the trampoline ladder or walking. Trampoline enthusiasts need to exercise caution when walking, climbing stairs, approaching slopes, or dismounting the trampoline to avoid tripping or collapsing.


Muscle weakness generally dissipates quickly, but inexperienced jumpers may feel lingering aches and fatigue in the muscles for a few days after the jumping session. Over time, muscles will become less prone to fatigue and the jumper can use the trampoline for longer periods of time without noticeable muscle weakness.


Consistent trampoline exercise has been linked to toned muscles, improved cardio-respiratory performance, increased muscular stamina, weight loss, lower cholesterol, lower blood pressure, improved ocular-motor skills, increased flexibility, greater balance, and greater spatial awareness.


Prepare for Severe Weather


Storms may present unexpected accidents for trampoline owners. Unsecured trampoline may become airborne in high-wind situations. Like all other loose objects, trampoline may be flung into houses, fences, properties, or, unfortunately, other people.


Vuly recommends disassembling and storing trampoline in extreme weather, such as hurricanes or tornados. For smaller storms, Vuly provides specially designed trampoline anchor kits to secure the trampoline to the ground.


Anchor Kits greatly reduce the chance of property damage or trampoline wear. Purchasing an inexpensive anchor kit is a wise investment and may save owners from replacing a storm-damaged trampoline or other property damage.


Vuly strongly suggests removing the safety net in inclement weather. Airborne objects may become smashed against the net, leading to unnecessary wear and damage. Additionally, high winds can place great amounts of stress on the netting material and attachment components.


Similarly, we recommend removing the jump-mat during storms. Much like a sail, the flat, woven design of the mat can be easily picked up by the wind and may cause the trampoline to be propelled.


If an unanchored trampoline was exposed to the weather, it may have suffered undetectable damage. Trampolines that are tipped over may have suffered weakened leg joins and may be unsafe for further use. Remember, safety is always your family's first priority. If you have any questions or concerns on trampoline safety, please contact our friendly customer service staff. We're here to help!
potential trampoline dangers
18 June, 2011

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