Why Hurt Yourself?

I am known to ask a lot of questions. I have been the “why” girl since I was a child. It can drive people nuts if I don’t let something go. It is because I want a final answer. I am a curious person with a thirst for knowledge. I want to know how things work and the basic “why” of the world. If I can look up information online, I will proceed on my own. If I am with an “expert” on any given subject, why not get the final word from the horse’s mouth. It gives me a great deal of pleasure.

Recently, I wanted to know why trampolines are so popular with kids and adults. I was in the market and spent considerable time reading descriptions and product reviews. This gave me some idea, but I had to hear first-hand experience. I interviewed people at the gym and the playground. I found out that I was on the right track. A trampoline can be super fun for all ages and a great way to burn excess energy and stay fit and trim. Small versions are appearing in every home for a supplement to a workout at the gym. They are small, portable, and easy to stow under the bed. I like the larger backyard models that rival the regulation trampolines in high school and college gyms.

It came as a surprise to me that no one spoke of potential injury and the problem of safety. I had to ask why trampolines were praised so highly and expected a discussion of special features. Sure, every trampoline of quality is well made and built to take a beating. You have to know the age of the one you are using to be sure that these features are still intact. They include extra re-enforcement of the tethers and a thick and secure mat. The connections are made of hard rubber. Injuries are unlikely if users abide by the rules. I thought that buying my own trampoline just meant the one with the most safety precautions, but I soon learned that it was more than that. To maximize safety and avoid injury, you must know the rules:

Check your height and weight against the chart limits for your Trampoline Choice.

Use a spotter if you are new at jumping and tend to veer off to the side.

Never let small children jump without supervision and instruction. They must be the appropriate age for the size of the trampoline.

In a backyard, it is wise to surround your trampoline with a fence so young children aren’t tempted.

Clean your trampoline and remove dirt and sticks that might make you slide off or injure your feet.

Wear appropriate clothing that will not catch in the tethers or on the chain link fence.

Look for wear and tear and replace any worn parts.

Make sure first-time users of your own trampoline are well-versed in techniques and safety measures.