What’s The Right Age for a Trampoline?
With obesity rates rapidly climbing, more and more people are starting to pay attention to their diets and lifestyles than ever before. We all know that we should be doing regular exercise, but not everyone has the time to go out jogging every day. Joining a gym may be a great way for people to get fit, but again, a lot of us simply don’t have the hours to spare, and just as many can’t afford a gym membership.
Exercise should always be enjoyable, or you will lose interest in it very quickly. The more you have fun with your chosen workout, the more likely you are to keep it up. It also helps if you can get other family members – like the kids – involved. Not only will it become even more fun, it can also create some friendly competition, which only makes you push harder. Let’s talk about choosing the right trampoline for you and your age!
Trampolining – A fun activity for the whole family
Trampolines come in all different sizes; even if you don’t have much space available, you should still be able to find one that’s right for you. Most tend to be either round or rectangular in shape. While some people simply prefer one form to the other, they do have differences that matter depending on the user.
Round, coil spring trampolines are ideal for casual fun and good exercise. For more serious stuff, rectangular trampolines or trampolines that use Leaf Springs are a better choice, particularly if you intend to do somersaults and tricks. Some people also assume that bouncing on a trampoline puts a lot of stress on your joints. In reality, it’s less stressful than jogging, and trampolines the offer strictly vertical bounces (like the Vuly Thunder) are better still.
Parents rightly have safety concerns when it comes to large products that their kids will be using. It’s true that trampolines without safety nets or those that have their springs inside safety nets do pose serious threats. In fact, a few years ago the American Academy of Pediatrics published a statement discouraging parents with young children from having one of these in their gardens altogether!
Trampolining – Is a trampoline safe for my kids?
However, all Vuly Trampolines come with a safety net. So long as it is fitted correctly, there is virtually no chance of anyone in the family falling off while they are jumping. Even so, jumping can result in other types of injuries – including strains and fractures.
Head, neck, and spinal injuries are what parents should be most concerned about. A 5-month study carried out in the United Kingdom found that 131 children sustained injuries while jumping on a trampoline during that period. Nearly half of those were fractures, and the average ages of the children injured were eight-years-old.
Don’t let this put you off! The study found that in nearly all cases, there had been more than one person jumping on the trampoline when the accident happened. This is the single most important safety tip for all parents: one at a time when bouncing.
One final word on age: According to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, children younger than six should never be allowed to jump on an adult sized trampoline. Older children should also not be allowed to jump without adult supervision. Follow the guidelines and you and your (older) kids should be very safe!