Garden trampolines are a popular choice for both recreational and competitive purposes. They offer an affordable way for children to enjoy aerobic activity and develop their gymnastic skills. However, it’s important to prioritize safety as trampoline-related injuries have become a concern for hospital Emergency Departments.
When using garden trampolines, it is important to keep these safety points in mind:
Age Considerations: Trampolining is not suitable for children under six years old as they may lack the physical development necessary to control their bouncing effectively.
Potential Injuries: There are different body parts where injuries may occur, including the neck, arms, legs, face, and head. However, injuries to the head and neck tend to be more serious. Awkward landings may result in sprains or fractures in the wrist, forearm, elbow, and collarbone.
Adult Supervision: While adult supervision is important, it does not guarantee safety. Surprisingly, more than half of all trampoline accidents occur under supervision. However, having a trained spotter present can significantly reduce the risk of injuries.
Avoid Alcohol: It is crucial never to combine alcohol consumption with trampolining, especially when children are involved. Accidents have occurred when children were bouncing with adults who had been drinking at summer garden parties.
Regardless of your skill level, joining a local trampolining club is highly recommended. These clubs offer opportunities to learn new skills, starting from basic landings to advanced moves like somersaults.
For parents, here is some additional advice to ensure a safe trampolining experience:
Before purchasing a trampoline:
Opt for a model with safety pads that cover the springs, hooks, and frame. The color of the pads should contrast with the frame.
Consider models with built-in safety netting or purchase it separately. The netting should prevent bouncers from colliding with rigid components such as springs or the frame, as well as prevent bouncing off the trampoline.
Make sure new trampolines meet the European Standard EN71-14:2014 for trampolines designed for domestic use.
Choosing the right location:
Ideally, place the trampoline on energy-absorbing ground, such as a soft and springy lawn, or use bark wood chip, sand, or other cushioning materials.
If you don’t have safety netting, create a safe zone of at least 2.5 meters around the trampoline. Clear the area of toys and other objects like trees, washing lines, poles, glass frames, or hard items. Avoid placing the trampoline on concrete, tarmac, or hard-packed mud without absorbent safety matting.
Regular checks and maintenance:
Ensure trampolines are securely tied down before each use.
Check that the padding and nets are properly in place and that the springs and metal parts are adequately covered.
During windy days or winter, consider disassembling and storing the trampoline to prevent damage.
To prevent unsupervised access by younger children, it’s best to remove the ladder from your trampoline when it’s not in use. Here are some rules to follow for safe trampoline usage:
Encourage one person to use the trampoline at a time. Over 60% of injuries occur when multiple individuals are on the trampoline simultaneously, with the lighter person being at a higher risk of injury.
Discourage somersaults or risky complicated moves unless the individuals performing them are trained and highly skilled.
Never allow bouncing off the trampoline or a bouncing exit.
It is not safe for children under six years old to use trampolines. It is important for adults to supervise children while they use the trampoline.
To assemble a trampoline, you will typically need the following tools:
Screwdriver (Phillips or flathead): Used for tightening screws or bolts.
Adjustable wrench: Useful for tightening nuts and bolts.
Rubber mallet: Used to secure joints and fittings without damaging them.
Spring tool: Helps attach the springs to the trampoline frame.
Spring puller: Assists in stretching the springs during assembly.
Allen wrench (hex key): Required for some trampoline models that use Allen bolts.
Measuring tape: Helps ensure proper spacing and alignment during assembly.
Scissors or wire cutters: Used for cutting zip ties or trimming excess materials.
Safety gloves: Recommended for hand protection while working with metal parts or springs.
Ladder or step stool: Depending on the trampoline’s height, a ladder or step stool may be needed to reach higher areas safely.
Please note that the specific tools required may vary depending on the trampoline model and manufacturer. Therefore, it’s always advisable to refer to the assembly instructions provided by the trampoline manufacturer for the exact tools and steps required for your specific trampoline model.
Bouncing on trampolines isn’t just a source of fun, it’s also a fascinating showcase of Newton’s Basic Laws of Motion. Delving into the physics behind trampoline jumps, we can observe how these fundamental laws come into play.
Newton’s Basic Laws of Motion lie at the heart of trampoline mechanics
Did you know that Newton’s laws of motion can explain why we bounce on a trampoline? Let me break them down for you.
We can discuss the physics laws that apply to trampolines. The first one is the law of inertia, which states that objects at rest will remain still, while objects in motion will keep moving unless acted upon by an external force. Thus, simply standing on a trampoline won’t make you bounce; you must use your legs to apply an external force. Jumping relies on gravity acting as the external force that sends you back down to the ground.
The second law of motion states that an object’s acceleration is determined by its mass and the net force acting upon it. This implies that heavier objects require more force to be set in motion, and therefore, adults need to exert more energy to achieve the same bounce height as children who have a lower mass.
Another important law to consider is Newton’s third law, which explains that every action has an equal and opposite reaction. Therefore, when you push down on a trampoline or jump onto a bed, the bed and springs will push back with the same force. This is what creates the fun and exciting bouncing experience on a trampoline.
Hooke’s Law and the Role of Springs
A trampoline consists of a circular fabric (the trampoline “bed”) and springs that suspend the bed from a rigid frame. Of these components, the springs are the key to the trampoline’s bounce. Hooke’s Law enters the scene, asserting that the force required to extend a spring is proportional to the length of extension. As a person’s weight increases, the springs stretch further.
The interaction between Hooke’s Law and Newton’s third law of motion generates the bounce effect. When you apply force to the springs, causing them to stretch, an “equal and opposite reaction” occurs. The springs push back with the same force you exerted, propelling you into the air with a thrilling bounce.
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Trampolines designed for school use come in various sizes and feature different thicknesses of the bed webbing. The larger the trampoline and the narrower the bed webbing, the greater the potential for enhanced performance. The bed webbing options include 4mm or 6mm for higher performance, and 13mm or 25mm for standard performance. The suitability of a trampoline for a desired level of performance is determined by the combination of two factors. If you’re looking for a trampoline for competitive purposes, the Thrifty High-Level Competition Trampoline is an excellent choice as it provides high performance.
When schools select a trampoline, they must consider the diverse range of potential users. If a trampoline is shared with a community club, it is essential to address the needs of both groups. While a 77A series trampoline with a 25mm or 13mm bed might be suitable for school use, it may not meet the requirements of a club. Therefore, it is advisable for schools to always consider the highest performance level required. Although students in a physical education class can safely use a higher performance trampoline, it is not recommended for a high-level performer to use one with lower specifications.
Considering the aforementioned reasons, the Thrifty School, Club & Competition Trampoline with a 13mm bed is a popular choice among schools. It is suitable for secondary-age students who may achieve a high-performance level. In cases where shared use is not a concern or storage space is limited, the 77A series with a 13mm bed might be more suitable due to its smaller frame while still meeting the needs of secondary students.
For trampolines used with younger students or for rebound therapy, the 77A series with a 25mm bed is commonly preferred.
Q: Can trampolines be used in winter?
A: You can safely use trampolines during the winter season. Our jumping mat is made to withstand all weather conditions and is durable, which means you can still jump even when it’s cold outside. Before using a trampoline, it’s crucial to ensure that the springs, mat, and frame are in good condition.
Q: If you don’t plan on using your trampoline during the winter, what is the proper way to store it?
A: If you don’t plan on using your trampoline during the winter, there are two ways to store it safely. The first option is to take off the jumping mat, safety net, and springs and store them inside a dry area to prevent moisture from accumulating. You can leave the metal frame and poles outside in the yard.
If you’re using the trampoline for the first time after a long winter, there are important steps you should take to ensure safety.
Check the condition of the trampoline parts: Thoroughly inspect the trampoline parts for any signs of wear, tear, or aging. Ensure that the springs, jump mat, enclosure net, and frame do not have cracks, holes, tears, or fractures.
Assess the safety and stability: Evaluate the trampoline to make sure all parts are properly attached and secure. Replace any questionable parts. Thrifty provides free replacement of accessories for customers within the warranty period. You can order the required accessories directly from the Free Parts page by providing your order number and photos demonstrating the damage. Once verified, the replacement will be issued promptly.
Reassemble the trampoline: After confirming that all parts are in good condition, reassemble the trampoline according to the installation manual, if necessary.
Q: What problems can you face when leaving the trampoline outdoors during winter, and how can you solve them?
A: If you choose to leave the trampoline outdoors during winter, certain issues may arise. Here’s what you can do to address them:
Windy areas: In particularly windy regions, it is crucial to secure the trampoline with anchors to prevent damage and ensure safety.
Heavy snowy weather: It is not advisable to use a cover during heavy snowy weather as it can collect snow and lead to sagging, mold, or frame damage. To protect your trampoline, carefully clear away accumulated snow using a soft bristle brush or broom. Gently push the snow away from the frame and the center of the mat towards the edges. Avoid using shovels, hard brushes, or any tools that could damage the mat. Exercise caution while removing snow to prevent any harm.
To ensure your trampoline lasts long and remains safe for future use, it’s important to follow these guidelines for winter maintenance.
When assembling the Thrifty Premium trampoline enclosure, it’s important to follow extra steps because of the top rims. For those with young children using the trampoline, it’s best to use the Thrifty enclosure as it’s designed for added safety. The Thrifty trampoline enclosure appears more structured than the standard model because of the top rims. It’s important to note that assembling the enclosure requires two people
.Here’s how to assemble your Thrifty enclosure:
Your Thrifty enclosure is now ready for use!
The THRIFTY trampoline is a fantastic toy for kids of all ages. However, to ensure your children can bounce safely, it’s important to consider adding a trampoline enclosure. Whether you already own a trampoline or are thinking about purchasing one, it’s highly recommended to add an enclosure to your shopping list. These enclosures are made of durable nylon net material and fit on top of the trampoline to provide an extra layer of safety. THRIFTY offers standard and premium enclosures for their round trampolines, which feature a zip opening to ensure complete safety while bouncing.
Trampoline enclosure types
THRIFTY offers trampoline enclosures that are lightweight and made of nylon. They have three types of enclosure available for all trampoline sizes – standard, premium, and rectangular models. The standard round enclosure fits around the outside of the safety pads and springs and is suitable for THRIFTY AIR trampolines, as well as roundest trampolines with the same number of legs. The premium round enclosure is designed for 12ft – 15ft trampolines and sits inside the safety pad and springs. It comes in four sizes and has padded enclosure poles to hold the net securely in place.
Assembling the standard enclosure
Assembling Thrifty’s standard trampoline enclosure is easy, but it might require two people. The enclosure includes a nylon netting that is connected to the trampoline using eight poles. For the 15ft enclosure, ten poles are used, and they are securely fastened in place.Here are the steps to assemble the enclosure:
6.Your enclosure is ready to use once you have secured all the Velcro straps and hooks. If you notice any missing parts, please reach out to Thrifty’s customer support within three days.
To make your trampoline enclosure last longer, it’s important to store and maintain it properly. Thrifty’s trampolines are designed to withstand all types of weather conditions, so you can leave it in place. To extend the lifespan of your trampoline parts, you can partially disassemble it and store the enclosure, safety pad, mat, and springs. Make sure to inspect the net for any holes and ensure that all nuts and bolts are tightly secured. Additionally, it’s recommended to renew the trampoline enclosure safety net every 3 years. If you’re looking for more maintenance tips, check out our guide on caring for your trampoline enclosure.
Trampoline enclosure and safety
If you’re thinking of buying a Thrifty trampoline, we highly recommend getting a trampoline enclosure as well. Our enclosures are designed to be high enough to ensure safety during even the biggest jumps. The 13 Sport HD and 16 Sport HD models feature a double-layered door to prevent any falls, as well as SmartMesh netting that is soft and UV-treated to prevent small fingers from getting caught. We offer a variety of rectangular and round trampolines in different sizes, so you’re sure to find one that meets your needs. Bring some fun to your backyard this season by adding a Thrifty trampoline!
Lifting a trampoline requires proper technique and coordination to ensure the safety of everyone involved.
Here are the steps to lift and move a trampoline correctly:
Assess the weight: Before attempting to lift the trampoline, evaluate its weight and ensure that you and the people assisting you are capable of lifting that weight safely. If the trampoline is too heavy, it may require additional help or equipment.
Position yourself: Stand beside the trampoline with your knees bent, back straight, and relaxed. This posture helps maintain stability and reduces the strain on your back.
Grip the trampoline: For better control during the lift, every person involved should firmly grip the trampoline while keeping their arms bent and close to their body.
Lift together: When collaborating with others to lift a trampoline, it’s important to communicate and coordinate your actions. To avoid injury, remember to keep your back straight and engage your core muscles while lifting. This will help stabilize your body and distribute the weight evenly.
Move in the same direction: As you lift the trampoline, ensure that everyone moves in the same direction. This coordination prevents unnecessary strain or accidents during the movement.
Maintain proper posture: It is important to maintain good posture while lifting and moving objects. To prevent injuries, avoid sudden jerking or twisting movements. Keep your back straight and your knees slightly bent.
Lowering the trampoline: When you reach the desired location, lower the trampoline by bending your knees and keeping your back straight. Be careful not to drop it suddenly, as this can damage the trampoline or cause injuries.
Remember, if the trampoline is too large or heavy, it’s advisable to seek additional help or use specialized equipment to ensure safe lifting and moving.
Our trampolines are designed to withstand year-round use. However, it’s important to maintain and care for your backyard gem. Learn how to properly provide TLC to your Thrifty trampoline and when it may need it.
At Thrifty, we’re committed to crafting premium quality products that stand the test of time. Even though our trampolines are built to last, it’s crucial to give them the attention they need to ensure safe jumping for years to come. Upgrading old parts is not only sustainable but also a cost-effective way to keep your trampoline in top shape. Check out our blog post for more information on trampoline costs.
We hope you love your Thrifty trampoline as much as we do. That’s why we’ve created this guide to assist you in properly caring for it, ensuring it serves you well for many years.
If you want to take good care of your Thrifty trampoline, it’s important to understand its various parts and know when they need some attention. This will help ensure that your equipment is always in top condition.
Thrifty trampolines have the best bounce in the business, thanks to their Synergy Design. This design locates the structure’s critical leverage points and utilizes them to amplify the bounce created by the trampoline’s springs.
The trampoline springs are made of galvanized spring steel and are designed to last. Over time, the quality and performance of the springs have improved. Currently, there are three types of Thrifty trampoline springs available: Air Springs, HD Premium Springs, and X-Springs. The weight of the jumpers and the frequency of use can wear out the springs, as well as leaving heavy objects or snow loads on the trampoline. To extend the lifespan of the springs, it is recommended to change their placement regularly. There is no set time for when to replace the springs, but if you or your children notice that “something is not right” or that “the bounce seems different from last year,” it may be time for a replacement.
When examining the trampoline springs, take extra care to check the coils. You can identify a stretched spring by its appearance or by touching and bending it. If the spring feels loose and can be easily bent, it needs to be replaced. Additionally, if you notice any signs of rust, it is recommended to order new trampoline springs to replace the rusted ones.
Trampoline mats are likely to show the first signs of wear and tear over time, especially if you enjoy jumping on them frequently. However, our high-quality mats are made from polypropylene, always cross-sewn and UV-treated, which makes them less prone to snags and rips. Despite our efforts, accidents can still happen, and sometimes you may need to repair or replace the mat. We prioritize sustainability, so the method you choose should depend on the severity of the damage. If the hole or rip in the mat is no more than 2 inches long, and the mat is otherwise in good shape, consider purchasing our trampoline mat repair kit. However, if the mat has multiple rips or snags, or severe damage, it’s best to order a new mat. Replacing the mat is an effortless and affordable way to upgrade your Thrifty and make it look brand new.
The trampoline frame is the most durable component and is made of galvanized steel. It is unlikely to show signs of rust or damage for several years after purchase. To ensure its longevity, install the trampoline on an even surface like a lawn or sand. Avoid placing it on hard surfaces such as concrete or asphalt.
When examining the frame for damage, inspect it thoroughly, paying attention to the welds and fasteners of the enclosure poles. If you notice any issues, please contact our customer support team. We offer a reliable warranty on our trampoline frames.
Trampoline Enclosure Net
When considering purchasing a trampoline for your family, the enclosure net is an important safety accessory to consider. It helps prevent accidents by keeping jumpers from falling off the trampoline. The enclosure package includes a UV-treated net, poles made of galvanized steel, safety paddings, and brackets for the poles. The number of poles and the design of the enclosure vary depending on the size and shape of the trampoline. One added safety feature is the No Finger Access design which prevents small fingers from getting caught in the net. You can find the enclosure package for round and rectangular trampolines by following the links provided. During quarterly checks of your trampoline, inspect the net for rips, tears, holes, or snags. Minor damage does not pose a safety concern, but you should consider replacement if there are multiple or severe rips. The UV-treated surface of the net should prevent any issues with UV rays. Additionally, inspect the poles, paddings, and brackets for any damages while giving the net the care it needs.
Trampoline Safety Pad
To ensure safety while using a trampoline, it is important to have a thick and easy-to-assemble safety pad. This accessory protects the body from hitting the trampoline springs if the landing is not in the correct spot. The safety pad is made up of foam, surrounded by UV-treated, water-resistant PVC, making it durable for year-round use. When checking for wear and tear on the safety pad, pay special attention to the bungees that secure the pad. These tend to wear out the most. If you notice significant wear on the bungees, it is highly recommended that you replace them with new ones to maintain the highest level of safety.
Trampoline Weather Cover
If you’re looking for an easy way to protect your trampoline, give the Thrifty weather cover a try! It’s a convenient and efficient solution that shields your trampoline mat from harmful UV rays so it stays in top condition for years to come. The cover also keeps the mat free from leaves, twigs, and bird droppings. When you’re ready to jump, removing the cover only takes a minute. This cover is made of durable, UV-treated materials that should last a long time with proper care.
Other Trampoline Accessories
Do you have a Thrifty trampoline that’s the highlight of your backyard? If so, you may already own some of our useful and fun accessories, like the trampoline tent, trampoline scooter, basketball hoop, or ladders. These items can enhance your trampoline experience.