As you can imagine we get asked this question a lot and its always followed by, but why can’t I wear my shoes on the trampoline? I’ll only be on for 10 minutes! The simple answer is safety! Wearing shoes on a trampoline can be dangerous and can lead to serious injury and with Springfree always having safety in mind shoes on the Trampolines are a definite no go.
Wearing shoes on the trampoline can cause injuries to your ankles because your feet are not always completely flat to the mat and you can land more awkwardly which causes pain in the feet and ankles. You can also slip over or trip over the shoes more easily as they are bulky and get in the way giving you a less even bounce.
When children wear shoes on the trampoline it causes multiple issues, it doesn’t just take a clumsy child to trip over shoe laces, it can happen to anyone! Luckily our Enclosure net is super flexible which means if they were to slip it would bounce them back into the centre of the mat but no one wants to be falling over their laces when having fun on their Springfree trampoline!
Whether your feet smell or not, going bare foot on a trampoline is the best option! As being barefoot and feeling the mat beneath your feet helps with your balance and also when walking barefoot, you are helping enhance your vestibular system (the part of your body that is responsible for balance!) Barefoot walking and bouncing can stimulate your nervous system and improve your immunity. Who knew?!
If Bouncers aren’t willing to go barefoot, socks are also safe. You can also get socks with sticky grips which are fantastic for bouncing and you can buy Trampoline socks made specifically for bouncers. These are both great options, as you won’t have to worry about slipping over and possibly twisting an ankle which is a common injury when wearing shoes on a trampoline.
Not only is it dangerous to wear shoes on a trampoline, but they can damage the Mat. If you wear heavy-duty shoes or trainers designed for wearing on the street, this can cause the jumping mat to wear out prematurely due to increased friction.
Also, things like small rocks and sticks can get caught in the bottom of your shoes and this doesn’t only dirty the trampoline but can damage the mat as well.
If you have zips or any kind of metal studs on your shoes and you intend on throwing some serious shapes, these can cause damage to your trampoline and in some cases can rip parts of your trampoline if they get caught and pulled. Which is not only frustrating as you now don’t have an up to scratch trampoline but you now have to pay for the repairs and sometimes this can be costly!
Always pay attention to the clothing worn on the trampoline. Belts, or sharp earrings can cause some serious accidents. It’s not just shoes that do damage other hard or sharp clothing can be just as bad! So, if your child or even you the parent want to go on your trampoline and have fun, without worrying about injury or damaging the trampoline itself always remove everything from your pockets and remove your shoes! Here at Springfree we have an Storage Bag which is designed to hold these sorts of items, why not invest in one of these? Instead of putting these on the floor or having to go back inside to put these in a safe place.
If you have one of our Trampolines in your garden you will without a doubt want to take good care of it so you can have years of fun so these tips are essential to keeping your trampoline in the best condition possible.