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Backyard trampolines…safe or scary?

My how times have changed. I remember growing up we always had a trampoline in our backyard. It was one of the rectangular tramps with a webbed bed. No net. It was not as common then, but my dad was the owner of Badger Gymnastics so it seemd natural to me to have one.

As a gymnastics club owner, my dad made sure were very familiar with the rules. One person at a time, no double-bouncing, no flips, you needed “spotters” on all 4 sides, and an adult had to be supervising when we jumped. Those rules didn’t eliminate the risk, but they sure minimized it.

Today the tramps are much fancier. They have nets, pads, enclosures, zippers, and more depending on how much you spend. I have even seen pictures on Pinterest of people putting the trampolines in the ground!

Although they seem safer and even more of the risk has been minimized, it is still a dangerous piece of gymnastics equipment and there need to be rules in place in order for kids to stay safe and respect the equipment.

Here are a few rules I would suggest implementing if you choose to have a backyard trampoline:

  1. Only 1 bouncer at a time
  2. Don’t flip unless you have learned proper progressions
  3. The safest place to bounce is in the middle
  4. Be sure to inspect nets, springs and enclosures regularly
  5. Make sure neighbors and other kids understand the rules you have established

I believe everyone should enjoy the benefits of having a backyard trampoline. Jumping is such a great way to expend energy and gain body awareness. With the proper rules in place, kids and adults should be able to enjoy the fun that trampolines have to offer!