Do you remember the feeling of leaping high into the air, screaming in glee as your friends looked on foreheads dewy from the summer heat, a flush rising to your sun-dappled cheeks? Trampolines have been a hallmark of American backyards since they were first invented back in 1945 for use by athletes and soldiers in training exercises. But your hazy memories of those halcyon days of summers past might also be specked with the dismal remembrance of a broken bone or a lengthy hospital stay due to a trampoline injury. Trampolines have been a controversial “toy” for many years, and some medical professionals have been calling for a complete overhaul of the way these backyard bouncing platforms are being designed.

A study by the University of Indiana’s School of Medicine has indicated just how serious trampoline safety is in an industry that refuses to update its standards. The study found that between the years of 2002 and 2011, backyard trampolines caused approximately 289,000 visits to the emergency room for broken bones. Broken bones are a serious issue, especially with trampolines, especially since a typical fall from a trampoline can range from 3-4 meters (10-13 feet). When factoring in all accidents from trampolines the injury tally rises to more than 1,000,000 emergency room visits related to standard trampolines each and every year. One of the researchers conducting this study strongly declared that according to the findings traditional trampolines that fail to improve upon their basic design should be banned. Further, Dr. Randall T. Loder proclaimed, “Kids need to be healthy and active, but this is not the way to do it.”

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That is why one man, Dr. Keith Alexander, a Professor of Mechanical Engineering in New Zealand and a concerned father, decided to redesign the trampoline from the ground up. Springfree Trampoline has created the world’s safest model, thanks to revolutionary redesigns of the frame and the net enclosure, as well as the complete removal of, you guessed it, those dangerous metal springs. Rather than using metal coil springs that can pinch or tear at children’s skin, these trampolines have flexible composite rods that are positioned below the jumping surface completely out of reach of any bouncers. TheSoftEdge™ mat is safe from the middle out, and all of the moving parts are hidden below. The mat, which is thirty times more shock absorbent than traditional trampoline pads, ends where the FlexiNet™ begins, and the soft and safe enclosure (held in place with flexible carbon rods and not rigid steel poles) can guide even the heaviest male safely and gently back to the surface or the ground, without toppling the trampoline itself.

If you’re going to call yourself the World’s Safest Trampoline, then you’d best make sure all your components are rigorously tested in-house, and that those components are built to last. Whereas traditional trampoline parts begin to deteriorate almost immediately, Springfree parts are built to survive harsh weather, and so long as you remove snow build up from the surface, their trampolines can sit outside in the sun and snow without any product deterioration.

It is important for any item often used by children to have been awarded the US Family Choice Award, Parent Tested Parent Approved Award and the International Design Award. Before you buy, you should visit the Springfree Trampoline USA website visit the Springfree Trampoline USA website visit the Springfree Trampoline USA website visit the Springfree Trampoline USA website to see their full list of awards, including the RedDot Product Design Award, Toyology Outdoor Toy Award, Kidspot Best of Awards Australia, NAPPA Gold Award, Product of the Year US, Product of the Year Canada and Best Award New Zealand. These awards can give parents the peace of mind they need about purchasing the Springfree Trampolines for their children because it proves that parents as well as industry experts trust their design..