Trampolines are no longer a new trend. They’re now enjoyed all around the globe and have even become a competitive sporting event in the Olympics.
It’s no wonder that trampolines have made their way into gyms. Since trampoline springs are the most critical parts of a trampoline, gym owners must be knowledgeable about them to choose the right equipment for their trampoline & gymnastic facilities.
This guide takes a deep dive into what gym owners need to know about trampoline springs, and why they’re important for trampoline & gymnastics.
What Types of Trampolines are Available?
The majority of trampolines can be grouped into two types, competitive and recreational. Recreational trampolines are primarily used by families for entertainment, physical activity and backyard fun.
Competitive trampolines have more bounce than recreational trampolines. Competitive springs are way stronger and have more tension than the springs used in recreational trampolines. Competitive trampolines are also more portable so they can be easily transported to competitions and events.
Important tip: Gym owners need to not only choose spring-based trampolines, but they also need to consider the strength of the springs and the tension offered by them. The quality of a trampoline’s jumping surface (bed) is yet another important factor.
What Trampoline Springs are Made of?
Springs for most trampolines are created with galvanized metal, a type of metal that protects them from rusting when used outdoors. The most commonly used metals for trampolines are steel and zinc.
Springs are also made from specialized music wire. Not many companies’ manufacturer springs with music wire. Music wire is very strong and durable and last a long time. Where galvanized steel springs break more often and loose tension quicker so you need to replace them.
The best stretch for a 10” Trampoline spring is between 14 to 15 inches depending upon your frame and size of spring. The tension is 39lbs per spring when pulled to the 14-to-15-inch stretch.
Do You Need to Replace Trampoline Springs?
Since trampoline springs are the most critical components in trampoline equipment, it’s important to know when they should be replaced for maximum safety and bounce. If you’re a gym owner, look into how much the trampolines in your gym are used.
This should help determine how much stress is placed on their springs and how much wear they experience. Even if they’re made from the best quality galvanized wire, they will get weaker and stretch over time. Failing to replace them with new trampoline springs can lead to injuries and legal consequences.
How Can I Prolong the Lifespan of Trampoline Springs?
If you want your trampoline springs to be used at your gym for extended periods, cover the trampolines when they’re not in use (especially if they’re placed outdoors). Covering your trampolines should safeguard them from rain, snow, and sun; it will also reduce the rust on galvanized springs.
When it’s time to replace the trampoline springs on your trampoline, you’ll need the hook-to-hook measurement of your previous spring to help you buy new springs. We highly recommend choosing new springs instead of used springs.
If you have questions or want a better understanding of how trampoline springs impact the performance of a trampoline, schedule a call with Rebound’s product sales representatives.