Safety Safety VideoInjury RatesSafety RulesTrampoline Misconceptions Injury Rates Jumping on trampolines, jumping into foam pits and otherwise using equipment in a trampoline park is inherently dangerous, not unlike any other extreme sport. Participants and parents must accept these risks, and also take responsibility for following posted rules to minimize these risks. Our staff is well trained and our equipment is designed to make the facility as safe as possible, but notwithstanding all that we do, we cannot eliminate the risk of injury. Here are some statistics comparing trampoline injuries in a significantly large facility in a major metropolitan area with other popular sports: Source: American Academy of Pediatrics Journal, “Survey of the Injury Rate for Children in Community Sports”, Marirose A. Radelet, Scott M Lephart (PhD), Elaine N. Runbinstein (PhD), and Joseph B. Myers (PhD), Pediatrics 2002; 110; e28; DOI: 10.1542/ped.110.3.e28 Source: Neiss Data Highlights 2012: http://www.cpsc.gov/Research–Statistics/NEISS-Injury-Data/ Safety Rules Steps have been taken to comply with the standards established by the American Society for Testing and Materials (“ASTM”) Section F24 Standards committee: As set forth on its website, ASTM is a not-for-profit organization that provides a forum for the development and publication of international voluntary consensus standards for materials, products, systems and services. Our park has been developed with the trampoline safety standards in mind. See url for details regarding the standards developed: http://www.astm.org/committee/f24.htm Assumption of Risk. The risk of injury from the activities on trampolines is significant, including the potential for permanent paralysis and death, and while particular rules, equipment, and personal discipline may reduce this risk, the risk of serious injury does exist. As participation in trampoline activities can be a dangerous recreational activity and involves a level of risk that each participant must evaluate on their own, by using this facility, you are assuming a risk of serious injury or death. WARNING!!! Catastrophic injury, paralysis or even death may result from failing to follow the rules established by the park, some of which are set forth below and due to inherent risks, sometimes even if all rules are followed. Liability Waiver. By using the equipment and property at this facility, all guests are bound by the liability waiver and release set forth in the terms of the Agreement that must be executed upon admittance to this facility. Those under the age of 18 must have the Agreement completed and signed by their parent or legal guardian before their flight takes off. Alcohol, tobacco, and drug use of any kind are not permitted. Consumption may impair a jumper’s coordination and overall perception, thus increasing potential injury. The Park Flight Crew - Our flight crew moves throughout our park to monitor compliance with park rules. They are present to assist with safe jumping practices, and injury assistance if needed. Items - We are not responsible for any lost, stolen or damaged personal property brought into or stored on the premises. Springs - An effort has been made to cover all springs between our trampoline beds to help avoid jumpers falling on, through, or in between the springs and steel framing. Equipment - We have full time staff that regularly maintains our equipment and performs daily inspections in an effort to identify and replace worn down parts. Padded Posts - Steps have been taken to secure pads to all metal posts in the jumping arenas to help protect jumpers from injury. Strategic Netting - Where appropriate, netting is in place in an effort to help contain jumpers on the trampoline. Foam Pits - Our pits are engineered with waterfall trampolines to assist with a clear pathway to the foam below. Foam is circulated and cleaned before opening. Flight/Gripper socks - All participants must wear our Grip Socks. They give the jumper a little more traction on our trampolines! Safety Signage - is placed throughout our parks and our flight crew will gladly remind you of these rules should you happen to “forget” while you’re having fun. Summer KidJump - When school is out for the summer and DefyGravity is packed during our Open Jump times, we reserve 9am-10am every day of the week for children 6 and under and their parents. They are the only ones allowed in the trampoline park for this time slot. This allows for a safer jumping environment for our little ones. Flight Time WARNING: FAILING TO ABIDE BY THE RULES BELOW AND POSTED AT THE PARK MAY RESULT IN SERIOUS INJURY, PARALYSIS OR DEATH. Do not attempt somersaults - Landing on the head or neck may cause serious injury, paralysis or death, even when landing in the middle of the mat. Do not double bounce –which is described as attempting to propel someone higher by timing a jump as another lands on the trampoline. This may also occur when jumping on a trampoline pad with others in close proximity, so you should avoid simultaneously jumping with others close by. It is especially dangerous for larger people to double bounce smaller people. Do not sit or lie on the court. If you are tired and need to rest, you must exit the court. Wear appropriate clothing. Clothes must be free of hanging zippers, belts and strings. Please remove all jewelry. Please empty your pockets and remember no gum or candy allowed. Dangerous tricks. Flips and other tricks are dangerous. Perform at your own risk only if you have sufficient skill to avoid injuring yourself or others. Be alert. Be aware and considerate of those around you. Jump with people that are of similar size. No Climbing. Do not climb on walls or netting and do not touch basketball apparatus. No drugs. Do not use a trampoline when under the influence of alcohol or drugs. No tackling, pushing, or participating in any other activity that may unnecessarily interfere with the jumping or concentration of another participant. No running/relay races across trampolines. Hitting the frame. Jumpers should stay in the center of the trampoline when jumping. Injury may result from hitting the frame when control is lost. Do not jump directly onto the safety pad. Incorrect transfer from trampolines to the decking, or platform areas. Improper transfer can result in broken ankles or other injuries. Please walk from the trampoline to decking areas. Foreign objects. Jumping with a foreign object can also increase the chances of getting injured. This includes keys, phones and cameras. Inadequate skill level. Attempting maneuvers above one’s skill and ability may cause serious injury, paralysis or death. THE LIST ABOVE IS NOT ALL-INCLUSIVE AND WE CANNOT LIST ALL OF THE ACTIVITIES THAT MAY LEAD TO INJURY. PLEASE CONSULT A PHYSICIAN PRIOR TO JUMPING REGARDING ALL MEDICAL CONDITIONS INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO; ASTHMA, DIABETES, PREGNANCY, ETC. Backyard Trampolines vs. Trampoline Parks There are frequent misconceptions when it comes to the dangers of jumping on trampolines. The major reason for trampoline injuries are typically associated with backyard trampolines. Forget everything that you have heard about the danger....and allow us to inform you of some incredible information! The table below highlights the facts about backyard trampolines vs. trampoline park safety!