Do I know how to jump safely on a trampoline? Have I taken a lesson?
Gymnasts know that you should always jump in the centre of the trampoline, that you should bend your knees to stop before transferring to a hard surface, that you should always land on both feet in absorb the bounce equally through each joint. Trampoline parks often don’t have coaches teaching people how to jump safely, and a video or rules sign can be a lot to take in at once. Consider taking a lesson from a certified gymnastics coach to make sure you’re doing it right.
Is the facility enforcing the “one person at a time” rule?
The International Association for Trampoline Parks states that “double bouncing” or the “rebound effect” where one person’s bounce affects another person’s bounce is the leading cause for serious trampoline injuries. You can avoid jumping on mats that are occupied, but you can’t control whether or not someone decides to enter the trampoline you are jumping on.
Have I had formal training on any stunts or flips I plan to engage in?
Trampoline parks expect patrons to know their own ability and jump within that skill level. Health Canada states in their trampoline safety notice that “somersaults are advanced skills that should only be performed in an appropriate facility under the guidance of a certified instructor” because “landing on your neck or head can cause paralysis.”
Is my child old enough, and strong enough to participate in this activity?
Most health authorities recommend against trampoline use by children under 6 years old. This is because children in the pediatric age group still have developing bones that are softer than fully developed bones and can break easily.
Are there platforms or boulders in the facility that people can jump off of onto the trampoline?
The increased impact of jumping from a height means an increased chance of getting hurt.
Are there clear rules and reminders about belly flopping and diving into foam pits?
Many of the serious injuries that occur in foam pits are the result of entering the pit head-first. Belly flopping is also dangerous since it can hyperextend your spine.
How deep is the foam pit?
The general standard depth for gymnastics clubs is 6 to 8 feet, however, foam pits in trampoline parks may be as shallow as 3 feet. If the depth isn’t posted, ask an employee
Am I able to supervise everyone I bring with me?
A trampoline park waiver often states that staff may not always be supervising children, and that it is up to parents to make sure their kids don’t jump outside their skill level.
Do I fully understand the risks?
The waiver often outlines the many ways you could be injured in a trampoline park. The IATP has also released a video that depicts some of the most dangerous activities that jumpers should avoid.