Tumbling on trampoline caught on like wildfire in early 1960s, and still enjoys great popularity today, but sport also still involves same potential dangers. Trampolines in last 45 years have gone from being an institutional or recreation center piece of equipment, to something that is found in many homes, in a variety of sizes and quality.
From a simple, round trampoline of relatively small dimensions, to large, outdoor models sold for family fun, every trampoline represents possibility of injury, if not used properly, or if used by those not experienced in tumbling or acrobatics.
Here are some simple tips to make your sure that you enjoy fun of a trampoline, while eliminating many of risks.
Never set up even a small, exercise trampoline indoors where there is a risk of hitting light fixtures or ceiling. Outdoors, place trampolines well away from clotheslines, tree limbs, fences, outdoor furniture, and other objects that can cause injury when someone falls off.
If at all possible, secure your trampoline by setting its legs/supports down into ground, thereby reducing distance of a fall. At same time, it's advisable to provide padding to a depth of 10" or more, for at least 10' around trampoline.
Anyone using trampoline should wear clothing loose enough to allow freedom of movement, but not chance that limbs could become entangled in extra folds. Jewelry should be removed before getting on, as should contents of any pockets, and eyeglasses that are not secured by a headband. If you do not have trampoline footwear, then bare feet are best, as socks can cause you to slip.