7 Safety Tips for Trampoline Jumping; How to Avoid Injury
With more and more people choosing trampoline parks for a fun day out, it’s becoming super important for jumpers to have the right safety tips to avoid potentially nasty accidents. That way, Trampolining can be a hobby that makes your body stronger, the way it’s supposed to. Especially, when avoiding injury is mostly a question of knowing a few simple guidelines.
First things first; Safety Begins with the Equipment
Before we get into safe jumping, it should be said that when it comes to trampolines, safety begins with the equipment. In that respect, Altitude Trampoline Parks have you covered. At Altitude Parks, you can expect:
- Lots of Padding: All of our hard frames and springs are completely covered with soft pads to catch stray jumpers.
- Plenty of Stuff to Catch You: You won’t be flying off the edge of the trampoline at Altitude, even if you tried (which you won’t, because it’s not allowed). We surround jumpers with trampoline walls to keep you contained, and if you somehow get over those, we have safety netting.
- Rules and Monitors: All of our parks have strict safety rules and monitors to act as lifeguards, so we can be sure that everyone jumps by the book. It’s how we preserve a safe environment where all jumpers are free to have fun.
Now Let’s Talk About Jumping Safely
Now that we’ve talked about our end, we should talk about what you can do on your end.
Jumping safely may seem like common sense, but the thing about common sense is that you lose sight of it when you’re six feet in the air and just thinking about what to do for the first time. Here 7 basic jumping tips to keep in mind:
Land on Both Feet
With trampoline safety, it’s really all about the landing, and the safest way to land is on both of your feet. Landing on one foot makes you much more likely to slip or get a hip injury, because your body is not aligned correctly and you don’t have as many stabilizing forces at work.
Balling Up is Ok
While landing on your feet is safest, if you lose control, the next safest thing to do is tuck your legs inward and your head forward so that you are in a ball. This way, there’s nothing that can be snapped backward awkwardly.
No Double Flips
Flipping is already pretty risky, but a double flip is pushing it too far. One flip at a time, and do a regular jump in between flips to recover your balance.
Never Land on Your Head
The most serious potential injuries are to your neck and head. It’s never a good idea to land upside down, and a safe jumper avoids this at all costs. If you ever lose control, your first priority should be making sure that you don’t land head-first.
One Person Per Tramp
Altitude has enough trampolines for everybody. You’re already with your friends, they don’t need to be on your exact trampoline. Our monitors won’t allow it, and the reason is that with two people there are so many ways to get hurt. Bounces become unpredictable, and all of that padding around you isn’t going to help if your friend lands on your back with his or her elbow (yikes!).
It’s easier to get injured if you don’t pace yourself properly. If you’re tired, slow down. If you’re just getting started, then hold off on the big tricks and ease your way there. Don’t push yourself beyond what you’re capable of in that moment.
Jump Within Your Ability
If you’ve seen olympic trampoliners, than you know that people can do amazing things on trampolines, but fancy tricks are for people with fancy training. Don’t try anything you’re not comfortable with. Know what’s in your ability, and if you want to try something new, find a way to ease into it gradually.
Think you’ve got the gist of it? Find an Altitude Trampoline park near you and see if you can try these techniques out for yourself! Altitude has dozens of parks across three continents.