There are various reasons why choosing the right trampoline pad is so important. Injuries on the trampoline ofter occur when the person jumping falls out of the mat area and lands on the frame or springs. Most of the injuries resulting from this kind of mishap are scrapes and bruise, however, a small fraction of these injuries are broken and fractured bones. These injuries can be prevented by using a proper safety pad. The size of the trampoline's springs is the leading factor in choosing a trampoline pad.

The most common spring size, for quality trampolines, is 8.5 inches. The trampoline safety pad you need for a trampoline with 8.5 inch springs is one that is 13 inches in width. A pad of this width will prevent jumpers form slipping through the spaces between springs by covering them completely. While the width of the pad is the reason most users choose the pad they will purchase, it is definitely not the most significant. A very crucial aspect for ensuring safety is the thickness of the pad covering the frame.

Most times, the foam insert will be thickest at the frame and become thinner at the springs. Frankly, the pads over the springs do not need to be very thick. The purpose of the pad over the springs is not to protect from impact, but to prevent the jumper form falling between the springs. However, having padding over the springs can be a very good plus. While thicker is definitely better, I have found that a padding with a thickness of 3/4 inches is plenty. The material used to encase the pad is also an important factor when deciding which pads to use. The two materials used to cover the pad are PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride) and PE (Polyethylene). The material used to make a sign banner is PVC. It is made to endure UV rays and weather damage to a higher degree than PE. PE is the material used to make a plastic tarp.

While PE is more inexpensive than PVC, it does not last as long out in the sun. I cannot support either material here. Many times I have ordered the pad covered with PE simply to save on the cost. The less expensive pad can be justified even though I do have to replace it more often. However, personally, I do tend to buy more PVC pads than PE. In my opinion, the PVC pad looks a lot nicer. Yet another small factor to consider when deciding which pad to use is how the pad straps onto your trampoline. Companies use many different ways to accomplish this, including, but not limited to, Velcro straps, clip straps, and shoe string straps.

The thick elastic band strap tends to be my favorite. This type of strap is very sturdy. I have found that the plastic clip straps find a way to break every time I use them, and the Velcro strap is simply not sturdy enough. A pad that is 13 inches wide is needed to cover a good trampoline with 8.5 inch springs. Any width pad can be used on a trampoline having 7 inch springs or smaller. While the type of material used to cover the pad, PE (Polyethylene - cheaper, but needs replaced more often) and PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride - more expensive, but needs replaced less often, and looks better)is your choice, always remember, the thicker the Trampoline Pad is, the better.