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Seeking Advice: Trampolines

  • Posted on February 24, 2014 at 10:00 AM

If you read this blog regularly, you know I have three boys who all have diagnoses of autism and who also all have sensory integration issues. All three boys like to jump—a lot. All three boys need to jump a lot to stay regulated. We provide them with a trampoline at home so they can jump a lot.

Unfortunately, we have yet to find a trampoline that can last longer than a month with three boys who jump a lot using it every day, several times a day. I estimate that the trampoline is subjected to somewhere between three to five hours of jumping per day in 5 to 15 minute intervals. Keep in mind that we’re talking about an indoor trampoline here. Generally, the trampolines we get are designed for occasional (2-4 times per week) bouts of exercise (30 minutes per time). They usually come with a 90-day warranty if used as indicated, but the use my boys put the trampoline to is considered abusive.

Usually, springs start popping off by the end of the first week. Either that or the tri-prong bars that connect two of the springs to both the mesh and the metal ring start snapping. We keep the old trampolines for spare parts and can usually stretch the parts for up to a month, depending on what broke with the last one and what’s breaking with this one. Sometimes other things break that aren’t interchangeable, and then the trampoline is considered unusable for anything but spare parts.

Does anyone know of any brand of indoor trampoline at any price and (almost) any size that can truly stand up to the kind of use three boys with autism will put it through? If so, please leave a brand name and (if possible) a link in the comments. Thanks!