When it comes to children‘s products, whether it’s toys, outdoor equipment, or electronics, the most important aspect is safety. Recognizing an increase in trampoline-related injury among children all over the world, one mechanical engineer and father created a unique, groundbreaking alternative to the traditional trampoline model. Over the past several years, the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons has issued stern warnings against the use of trampolines other than for children who are undergoing training for competitive sports. According to the Academy, 4 billion dollars have been spent by families in hospital to treat trampoline-related injuries alone.
The American Academy of Pediatrics reports 100,000 injuries that occurred in 2009 alone, and safety improvements made since then have not been sufficient in reducing further incidents. Nearly 50 percent of injuries reported are fractures and relocation that occurred from either falls from the trampolines or improper landings. Other injuries include concussions, spine injuries, and sprains, and most all of them resulted in some form of hospitalization. Based on these and other troubling statistics, Dr. Keith Alexander decided that it was time for an alternative and one company has put his design to use, creating safer trampolines that surpass current safety standards.
Springfree Trampoline has rebuilt the trampoline from the ground up, thanks to a spring-less design that replaces old metal coils with flexible composite rods. A hidden frame (tucked along with the rods below the bouncing mat) offers more safety and protection than an exposed frame because traditional metal trampoline frames surround the jumping surface and (along with springs) are inches from the jumpers’ bodies. Combined with aFlexiNetenclosure held up by flexible composite rods instead of rigid steel piles, one that gently guides jumpers back to the mat, preventing fall damage, Springfree has removed most of product-related injuries.
Winner of the prestigious Parent Tested Parent Approved Award, The US Family Choice Award, and The International Design Award, SpringfreeTrampoline has been leading the initiative to make trampolines safer for over 10 years. For starters, each one is engineered to be sturdier and longer-lasting than traditional models. The manufacturers use SoftEdge innovation, creating a mat more shock absorbent than ever before.
In order to ensure the highest possible safety standards, the Springfree trampoline underwent extensive quality control — with each component rigorously tested on site. The goal was not to simply reduce the risks of injury, but guarantee that certain risk-related impact zones are removed altogether. The outcome is what has come to be regarded as the world’s safest trampoline.
Combine these innovations in safety with strides to engage children with more active forms of outdoor, active entertainment, and suddenly the trampoline is a safe, fun place to exercise and burn off energy. Thanks to Springfree trampolines featuring the tgoma digital game experience, children and adults will not only find a safer alternative to traditional trampolines, but also a fun, interactive place to play since tgoma encourages safe activity and intensive exercise for the whole family. From games like Dittoand Alien Stomp that get kids moving, tgoma also features adult-oriented content — tgoma has games designed for the entire family including educational games and interactive fitness options. The tgoma Fitapp, developed by mother, personal trainer, and trampoline medalist, Angie Dougal, allows older children and adults to choose from 26 exercises and workouts — all while enjoying the fun of trampoline bouncing.
Combined with the industry leading safety features of the Springfree Trampoline, families will have the safest and most fun backyard trampoline experience possible.