Since the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia, trampolining has been an Olympic sport. Long before, it was a popular backyard recreational activity since the first one was invented in the 1930s. Unfortunately, trampoline design has not actually changed considerably since it was first invented, though most parents’ standards for safety have changed dramatically. Today, over 100,000 children are sent to the hospital every year in the United States due to a trampolining accident.
If you’re wondering how a company could create a safer trampoline, the answer is simple: get rid of the springs. Traditional trampolines use multiple coiled springs attached to a steel frame to give the jumping surface its bounce. The majority of trampoline-related injuries are the result of a fall either off the surface and onto the ground or a collision with a spring or the metal frame. The secret to the best trampoline on the market is the composite rod; while traditional trampolines use steel rods to support the mat, safer models utilize composite rods that ring the matat an angle, almost like the rings on a candy cane. Bendable fiberglass rods, similar to thick fishing rods, connect the matto a frame underneath in an innovative design pioneered by Springfree Trampoline. This means that the mat, or the FlexiNet safety net, is the only part of the trampoline that jumpers will ever contact. The FlexiNet has eliminated another dangerous contact point: the enclosure pole. The FlexiNet’s poles bend out of the way when impacted, whereas a typical enclosure pole will likely cause an injury on impact.
Older designs generally use a padded mat to protect jumpers from the steel frame and hard spring coils. Manufacturers looking to save a dollar stuff these mats with thin foam that hardly does anything to prevent an injury. They are hardly effective, and over time, frequently shift and expose the metal components they were meant to cover.
Along with their devotion to promoting child safety, the people at Springfree Trampoline are also serious about child health. That’s why they’ve tapped into the growing availability of fitness apps and video games that require physical movement to play and createdtgoma. tgoma integrates the jumping movement into games tailored to age groups ranging from little kids to adults, making Springfree the world’s first smart trampoline. Kids have to stomp aliens and fruit or hop on the correct answer to math problems, while adults can take advantage of the tgomaFit fitness-tracking app as well as more complicated puzzles. After all, tgoma isn’t just about playing games; it is, in fact, a rich digital fitness platform that allows you to track your activity, set short term and long term goals, participate in events, preview games and more.
The best trampoline companies will employ components that have been tested rigorously for safety and quality assurance. There are a number of consumer awards, including the Parent Tested Parent Approved Award and the International Design Award that recognize safe and quality consumer products. These are must-have recognitions when it comes to your child’s safety and well-being.
In the past, owning a trampoline was fun, but many would have considered it reckless. Over 1 billion dollars have been spent in emergency rooms on trampoline injuries alone, and at least $400 million of that was for fractures. The safety of your family should always be your number one priority. With new advances in technology, design, and safety standards, you can now enjoy a worry-free trampoline in your own backyard.
Michael Sanduso lives in Toronto, Canada. He is a freelance writer and editor, tech geek, and stay at home father.