Trampolines: Advice on finding the right Trampoline for you

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Helping You Find the Right Trampoline


Choosing the shape of a trampoline comes down to Aesthetic appeal

Round is winning the popularity stakes at the moment but the rectangular shape if found to have more height efficiency in the bounce (hence the higher cost). Price is no protection against safety or injury, make sure the manufacturer supplies replacement springs and mats if needed.


A net is found to reduce certain injuries but it should not mean complacency, make sure the net is zipped up correctly as soon as the child enters.


Quite often we hear about the negative aspects of the trampoline, but the health benefits far outweigh the dangers. The advantages span across physical, emotional, mental and social well-being. Here are a few:

•    Increased muscle tone (aid musculoskeletal system)

•    Improvement in lymphatic circulation

•    Strengthening of the heart and lungs

•    Promotes better sleep

•    Endorphin release

•    Stimulation of vestibular sense

•    FUN!

•    Assists in the fight of chronic disease

•    Weight management

•    Reduction in bone disease

•    Spatial awareness


    Why should I purchase a trampoline? Think about whether your purchase is for recreational means for younger children or to practice gymnastics skills at a higher level. This will determine what shape and size to buy.

    Which shape is the best? Circle is safer for younger children, however there is less spring; rectangular has more bounce.

    Who will be using the trampoline? Consider whether the whole family will be using it.

Take into consideration the children growing up. It’s important to find a tramp that will withstand the users appropriate weight. Look for this on the label i.e. breaking strains/weight limits.

    How many springs should a trampoline have? This is dependant on the size and number of people that will be jumping on the trampoline. Will Mum or Dad have a go? You need to accommodate for growing children over the years. Look at the safety labels for advice.

    When purchasing, what manufacturing materials should my trampoline be made from? Superior materials such as galvanized steel on springs, galvanized springs inside and out on frame parts, water resistant and UV resistant bed and pads that are thick. A string bed has more bounce than a nylon bed and will last longer. Look out for at least double stitching around the outside of the bed. NOTE: Ensure materials are compliant with Australian Safety Standards. Is it labeled with this certification?

    What should I look for in a safety net? Safety nets don’t guarantee against injury however, they can minimize potential injuries if you keep in mind these observations: 1) ensure your netting has secure enclosures and zips, 2) avoid enclosures that have more than 1 opening or sharp zippers 3) look at how the safety net is secured to the trampoline frame. Avoid nets that would still allow children to fall under the net and off the trampoline,

4) look out for wear-and-tear and be sure to replace the net if damaged.

    Where should I buy my trampoline? Just make sure your bargain doesn’t come at the cost of quality. You can look at major retail and sporting stores, direct from manufacturers or even online (which may include free shipping). Prices will range from a few hundred dollars, to over a thousand dollars.



NASA analyzed the benefits of trampoline exercise, concluding that 10 minutes of bouncing was the equivalent to 33 minutes of running. “For similar levels of heart rate and oxygen consumption, the magnitude of the biomechanical stimuli is greater with jumping on a trampoline than with running.”

In 1911, Albert Einstein stated that we hadn’t yet developed an exercise system using acceleration, deceleration and gravity, all of which (if used together) would create marvellous benefits.

The Inuit people were known to celebrate the end of a hunt by bouncing off the skin of a walrus!



This debate is ever growing and is something a parent should consider before buying one type or the other. Consider who will be using the trampoline (just the kids?). Research has shown that Spring Free trampolines can reduce some types of injuries, but they have less bounce and this itself can cause different injuries, also when landing on a spring free trampoline the bed actually rotates so you have to watch out for twisting accidents to the ankles and knees.

As with any trampoline purchase, you should consider all of your options before making a decision