Medical experts tell us that between 2001 and 2011, there were over one million trampoline-related injuries reported by Canadian hospitals. Of these injuries, children younger than six are at the greatest risk for broken bones, bruises and spinal cord injuries.
Frightened by these and similar worldwide statistics, Dr. Keith Vivian Alexander, an associate professor at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand, decided to redesign the traditional trampoline so that his own young daughter could enjoy the sport without the danger. He discovered that the vast majority of trampoline injury occurs when the jumper comes in contact with one of three major trampoline impact zones:
- the springs,
- the steel frame
- the ground
By founding Springfree Trampoline, he set out to create a trampoline manufacturer that cares about keeping children safe, and if you’re in the market for the best trampolines in Canada, this might be the starting benchmark.
Springfree trampolines completely do away with the springs, instead using flexible composite rods placed beneath the jumping surface. They have also taken the steel frame that was once a potential risk (should the bouncer land on it) and moved it below the mat as well. The SoftEdge mat creates a 360-degree safe jumping area and is considerably more shock-absorbent than traditional foam pads. Where the patented SoftEdge mat ends, the FlexiNet enclosure begins, supported not by steel poles but by flexible rods that help guide jumpers back to the mat and prevents falls to the ground. By eliminating both the exposed steel frame and the coil springs, your children’s safety is maximized by reducing chances of injury without limiting play. Springfree Trampoline’s composite rods and FlexiNet enclosure are both designed to eliminate the most common trampoline hazards and maximize fun and safety for your family.
Additionally, each trampoline model comes with atgoma digital game system, making Springfree the world’s first smart trampoline. The tgoma games are designed to take screen time fun outside, and make it active, and the games can be accessed on your tablet, while sensors placed beneath the mat connect to your tablet via Bluetooth®. The jumper’s body has now become a controller, allowing children and adults to enjoy a wide range of games from learning games for kids like Whatzat? And Repeat Street, and tgomaFit for adults.
If you’re in the market for a trampoline in Canada, it pays to do your research, so look for companies that have won industry awards. In 2013, Springfree Trampoline was voted Product of the Year by the Consumer Survey of Product Innovation. In 2014, Red dot handed them the Best of the Best Award. They also received the US Family Choice Award in 2009. By incorporating the tgoma app into their trampoline, they were presented with the 2016 Digital Design award at the Australian Good Design Awards.