Trampoline Park Safety

Trampoline Park Safety, what you should know!

What is a Trampoline Park?

A Trampoline Park is an indoor recreational facility that allows both adults and children to participate in a multitude of activities such as Wall to wall Trampolines, Dodge Ball, Foam Pits, Fitness events, Camps, and Gymnastic/cheer practices, for a fee. Additionally, some facilities sell, rent, or offer for free, form helmets, ankle braces, and socks with grips to reduce head collisions, cuts, and bruises. Many Trampoline Parks offer “free play” times, party rentals, fundraising opportunities, as well as times for different types of teams. Because of the variety of people using these services, Trampoline Park Safety is very important.

Do Trampoline Parks Have Safety Risks?

Trampoline parks are made of many components that can be Safety Risks. The parts of a trampoline court can include frame structures, springs, beds, mats, safety netting, and pads. A key safety feature is that the components are designed and built by engineers to be used in this commercial setting. Another safety element is that the staff at these facilities have completed safety and crisis training and are able to respond to an emergency quickly.

How to Deal with Safety Risks

However, weight limits and rules should be clearly posted and enforced. The trampoline facility should be able to supply participants with examples of safety training. As with any type of high-risk recreational activities, for example: Rope courses, Ziplines, Surf pools, and Rock climbing, physical demands may be great. An in-depth understanding of the activity (the correct actions to take and what could go wrong) should exist. Trampoline parks have opened in almost every state and examples of injuries and lawsuits are starting to surface.

Trampoline Park Safety Standard rules to follow –

Safety rules in Trampoline parks include but are not limited to:

  •  You may not have anything in your mouth (gum, candy, etc.) on the court.
  •  Empty your pockets entirely.
  •  Do not sit or lie on the court. If jumpers need to rest, please exit and rest. Do not rest on the court.
  •  No pushing, tackling, running, racing or horseplay of any kind.
  •  Do not touch or hang onto any of the top pads on the court.
  •  No double bouncing.
  •  The jumper can complete single flips. No double flips, and please do not flip over the pads.
  •  No more than two flips in a row. Flips and other tricks can be dangerous: perform at your own risk.
  •  You can bounce and flip off the side walls, you must land on the first trampoline next to the wall you bounced off of. You must be in control of your body at all times.
  •  Above all: Do not attempt anything outside of your personal limitations or abilities.
  •  Be aware of those around you and jump with people that are of similar size.  Use the buddy system.

See the Introduction to Safety Activity from OSHA