Choosing A Backyard Trampoline

The basics of buying a trampoline for your backyard.

A trampoline is a great backyard toy for your children or for an adult; they are a fun way to stay in shape. A trampoline can provide hours of bouncing fun but they are also great for heart health and improving muscle strength. You may not know much about trampolines in general, but rest assured they are simple too put together and maintain.

Sporting goods stores are a good place to start when purchasing a trampoline. Many of the major retail stores also carry them and the Internet will provide a wealth of information if you feel the need to research trampolines before you shop.

If you are looking for a trampoline for the kids there are a few thing to keep in mind before you purchase one. Children should not be left unsupervised on a trampoline, as they are dangerous if used incorrectly. Safety nets that attach around the perimeter provide additional security for children, and help avoid any unnecessary broken bones. Nets can purchased anywhere trampolines are sold and are worth the investment. Pediatricians generally do not recommend trampolines for children, as they are witness to the hazards that they can represent. But when used with safety in mind trampolines are safe and will provide hours of healthy fun.

hat size to buy? Trampolines come in many different sizes, from a "mini," for the individual, too a large for outside use. Some of the smaller ones are great for inside use; you can find ones that fold up for convenient storage, just pull them out from under the couch when you are ready for your workout. "Mini's," are also great for the outside when the weather permits and are easy enough to handle by just about anyone.

Large trampolines come in a variety of sizes and shapes. Round ones, square and rectangle ones, they even come in the shape of an octagon. A typical rectangle trampoline will measure 14x16 and a round one comes around 16ft in diameter. You'll want to make sure there is enough room in your yard for the trampoline. It is recommended that no objects, that can cause injury, be located in close proximity to the trampoline. You do want a child bouncing, out of control, off of the trampoline and into a swing set, for example. An Internet search will provide safety information for a certain type of manufacturer of trampolines, and all trampolines come with specific safety information printed either on the box or pasted somewhere on the base of the trampoline. Make sure no springs are exposed which can snare the unsuspecting finger or arm, also look for uncovered metal or plastic that may cause injury upon impact.

The price will vary depending on the size, shape and manufacturer. "Mini's," start as low as $20.00 from a department store and can go as high as $100 if they are ordered from the manufacturer. Large trampolines will range from as low as $100 and can be as much as $2000 depending, once again, on the size, shape and manufacturer.

Picking out and using a trampoline will be enjoyable experience as long as you keep safety in mind. They are durable and will give years of healthy activity to you or your children.

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