Today, we have prepared for you a detailed description of the pros and cons of various types of trampolines – from frame to inflatable. In this article, you will find answers to all possible (and impossible) questions about trampolines.
Today, both children and adults lead an increasingly less active lifestyle, but they are very active online. This has a very bad effect on muscle tone, the work of various organs and systems of the body, and on the state of health in general.
An effective solution to this problem is to buy a trampoline. This versatile sports equipment is intended for fun and training for both children and adults. You just need to choose the right model from all the variety offered by modern manufacturers: from gaming to sports, from home to professional.
Trampoline device and how it works
A trampoline is an upward jumping trainer consisting of a net or fabric stretched taut on a strong frame or on an air cushion. Its structure is specially designed and calculated for significant dynamic loads, and each of the elements has increased strength characteristics.
Structural elements of a frame trampoline
The base of the trampoline is round. The frames are available in metal, carbon or plastic. The tube diameter ranges from 42mm to 48mm. Usually, manufacturers weld the tubes together. In some places, they embed bolted connections for the convenience of packaging the structure. A protective polymer coating is applied to the frame surface.
They serve as a support for the frame, resemble alphabet W in shape, due to which the product becomes more elastic, stable and rigid.
They are powerful spirals made of galvanized steel. They are distinguished by high resistance to physical exertion and external influences. Usually the number of springs is about one hundred. The length directly depends on the size of the structure and is approximately 165-215 mm.
It is a special flexible shock absorber made of fiberglass. Shock absorbers are not available when jumping on a trampoline, which eliminates the risk of injury. Jumps due to shock absorbers are smoother.
It is installed as a base and jump support. Most often made from dense polyester.
The principle of functioning of the trampoline is based on the springiness of the stretched canvas, where users jump. Swaying occurs due to stretching under the influence of the weight of the human body when it falls after the jump.
The action of the working area of this sports equipment increases towards the center. The throwing force is the greater, the farther from the edge a jump is performed, and vice versa, the closer to the sides it is performed, the lower the height of the jump.
Safety protective mesh: Protects the jumper from flying out of the product during the jump. Most often used on sports models. Attaches around the frame.
Spring protection: Protects the athlete from injury thanks to its soft coating.
Roof (cover): It protects the street model of the trampoline from the effects of precipitation, thereby increasing its service life.
Stairs: The optional accessory is designed for safe ascent and descent.
Sports mats: Protect the jumper from injury while using the projectile. They are laid out around the perimeter of the structure.
Sound insulating mat: Reduces noise inevitable during use.
Inflatable trampoline equipment
Compressor (air blower): Designed for constant air supply to the trampoline and maintaining the operational condition of the product.
Repair kit: A set that is designed to repair the product in the event of a puncture. Includes PVC adhesive and a piece of PVC fabric for the patch.
Bag (case): Designed for storing and carrying equipment.
Pegs for attaching a trampoline.
Trampoline selection options
How to choose the right trampoline for sports, entertainment, kids or family fun? It is necessary to clearly define for yourself for what purpose you are going to purchase it. You should also take into account several important criteria so that it is sufficient in area, safe and does not break under the user's weight.
Inflatable trampolines can be of any shape. Wireframes can be round, oval, polygonal, or rectangular. The safest are round models, the most traumatic ones are rectangular.
Children's trampolines are designed for loads from 50 to 70 kg.
Standard adult models are designed for weights from 100 to 120 kg.
Professional ones can withstand loads of 150 kg and more.
Professional sports models: rectangular, length - 5 m, width - 3 m.
Amateur sports: round or rectangular, length, width and diameter from 1.5 m to 4 m.
Stretch mini trampolines: round shape, diameter from 1 m to 1.4 m.
What are the criteria for choosing a trampoline?
To buy a suitable trampoline, it is enough to consider the following criteria:
Dimensions of the simulator itself and the jumping area. The larger the diameter, the wider the possibilities of the trampoline. On small models, only one child can jump, on medium ones – several children, and on the largest ones you can play catch-up and a ball.
Maximum load. Any trampoline has a load limit ranging from fifty to two hundred and twenty kilograms. If you exceed it, then the canvas will tear.
Coating. Indoor trampolines are protected from rain and wind, and do not need a careful selection of the covering material. Street models remain in the open air for a long time, where they are exposed to precipitation and other adverse factors. Therefore, they must be covered with a material that allows moisture to pass in the jumping area to avoid its accumulation there and does not allow water to pass to the springs to prevent corrosion processes.
Number of springs. For frame models, the throwing force depends on the number of springs that are attached to the canvas and frame. It can be from thirty-four to one hundred and eight pieces. The larger this number, the higher the user can jump.
Thickness of protective mats. For a simple game, polypropylene mats with a thickness of ten millimeters to twelve millimeters are enough. For young children and sports activities, you need to look for trampolines with mats made of expanded polyethylene or foam rubber with a thickness of fourteen millimeters to eighteen millimeters.
Protective mesh. Its presence prevents the user from flying outside the trampoline, which can lead to serious injury. The presence of this element is especially relevant for children aged three to eight years who have not yet learned how to calculate the trajectory of a jump.
The number of posts used to attach the safety fence. It can be from four to ten pieces. Four to six racks are enough for one child. Eight racks are required for two users. For simultaneous jumps of three to five children, trampolines for ten stands are required.
Guarantee. When buying a trampoline, you must make sure that you have a quality certificate and a guarantee. The service life for these structures is from 1 to 5 years. The service life of the product is set by the manufacturer. The seller is obliged to provide the necessary information about the product, including the service life of the trampoline.