I never had a trampoline growing up. None of my friends had trampolines either. Many of us had swimming pools, motorcycles and snowmobiles – but we did not have trampolines. Why? Because they were just too dangerous. We may have thought our parent’s were a little protective but it turns out they had it right. The injuries that can be caused by traditional trampolines can be pretty serious.
That was 40 years ago. A lot has changed since then. Innovation and technology have changed what we do and how we do it immensely since I was a kid. I mean I grew up with 8-tracks, cassettes and VHS machines. My daughter doesn’t even know what a music CD is.
Fast forward a few decades. Now I’m the parent.To be honest, until the past couple of years I didn’t put a whole lot of thought into the idea of getting a trampoline for our family. And then we signed our daughter up for gymnastics. Now, my little princess is about as coordinated as her mother – so not so much. But it doesn’t matter. She has really enjoyed those classes. Watching her grow and build confidence has been incredible. And although she really does like most part of the class there is absolutely no doubt which is her favorite activity. When that kid steps onto the trampoline and starts bouncing it is pure joy.
This is when I started to think about trampolines. This is when I started to do some research. And it’s not just because I want to bring that trampoline jumping joy home (which I do), but there are other benefits to having a trampoline at home that got me thinking. We all know how important both getting outside and participating in psychical activities is for our kids (for everyone really) but when you have a little one with anxiety those things are more than just important, they are essential. And, I have to be honest and admit that mommy wouldn’t mind a trampoline too!
So, I started to look into the possibility of getting a trampoline for our back yard. There were a few considerations (like quality and size) but the number one factor was safety. It didn’t take me long to realize that, if I truly wanted a safe trampoline, there was only one option. The obvious choice was Springfree.
By removing the impact areas that cause injury in all other trampoline designs, our innovative trampoline products significantly help reduce the frequency of childhood injury and trauma in the backyard.
Springfree trampolines are the world’s safest trampolines. They have won national and international awards in innovation and design and received the seal of approval from PTPA and many more parent and family tested organizations. What makes Springfree trampolines different than the rest:
- Well as the name implies, they do not use springs like traditional trampolines. Instead they use flexible composite rods that are beneath the jumping surface.
- The frame on a Springfree are hidden below the jumping surface which eliminates many of the injuries that are possible on traditional trampolines.
- Springfree trampolines SoftEdge mat is more shock absorbent (3o times more) than the pads uses on other trampolines.
- The enclosure nets used on Springfree trampolines are completely different than any other. The FlexiNet enclosures use flexible net rods to cushion jumpers, not steel rods like the other trampolines use.
I also love the fact that Springfree was designed by a dad – a dad that also happens to be a professor of mechanical engineering. Dr. Alexander, the father of three, was (very much like me) thinking about getting a trampoline for his family. But he wasn’t too happy with what was out there in terms of safety. So he set out to change that. The Springfree trampoline, after years of research and testing, was born. You can read all about the unique safety features on their website.
As a parent, I feel pretty confident about the safety and quality of the Springfree trampoline. The big pile of snow that decided to reside where our trampoline is suppose to live is almost (crossing my fingers) gone and the Springfree will be up soon. I’m not sure who’s more excited about it – me or my daughter!
Earlier I touched briefly on the health benefits of owning a trampoline. Having a little one with anxiety, physical activity (and even fresh air) are so important. Although her anxiety usually doesn’t keep us at home, it has at times. So having things close to home, or even in the back yard that can get her moving is pretty important. But there are also some pretty cool health benefits to trampolining that I had no idea about. Things like detoxifying and lymphatic drainage! You can read all about these amazing health benefits on the Springfree website.
The Springfree trampolines come in three shapes (round, oval and square) and several sizes and there is a cool model selector tool that helps you figure out which is right for you based on your space and needs. You can purchase Springfree trampolines right on the website or Sears, Canadian Tire, and Toys R Us locations across Canada.
Disclaimer: I am part of the Springfree Ambassador program and receive perks for my participation. All opinions express here are 100% honest and my own.