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Fulfilling the American Dream on a Trampoline

The story of how an average blue collar American family started a small business and created an invention that continues to protect millions of kids around the world everyday.

In 1995, JumpSport's Co-Founders, Mark and Valerie Publicover, heard their children cry for help from the backyard. Mark ran outside to the trampoline where the kids were playing and found their friend's youngest daughter on the ground where she appeared to be seriously hurt. Prior to this accident, the Publicover children had also fallen off the trampoline several times prompting Mark to sketch out several ideas for a trampoline safety enclosure. "After our friend rushed off with her daughter, I walked back to my home office and broke down. I was so upset with myself for not having done something sooner. In times of trouble I knew where to turn so I prayed to know this child was in God's care and that I could find a way to prevent these accidents. Happily, our friend's daughter recovered quickly and I immediately began working to create an inexpensive trampoline enclosure so that all families could afford this vital protection." Today this landmark invention now protects millions of kids around the world and has prevented hundreds of thousands of needless trampoline injuries.

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In 1997 the Publicovers began marketing their Trampoline Court™ safety enclosure and game court, becoming the first to sell these important products in trampoline safety to retailers like Wal-Mart, Sam's Club, Costco, and BJ's. While many retailers since then have switched to low quality imitations, JumpSport has continued to focus on ways to improve the quality & safety of trampolines.

In 1998, another small accident at the Publicover household once again led to the development of new and vitally important trampoline safety innovations. During the testing of another manufacturer's trampoline, Mark sustained a minor break to his leg while bouncing with his children. "I landed a bit awkwardly on my right leg just as the trampoline bed was kicking back. I knew I shouldn't have been jumping at the same time as my kids, but I was still surprised by the magnitude of the kickback force generated when the kids bounced up and down together in unison. This was my second wake up call! I immediately began working to design trampolines with safer jumping surfaces or beds. Most people don't know that nearly 50% of all trampoline injuries occur when a jumper impacts the bed. I designed our patented trampoline beds to be more forgiving so that they put less stress on the jumper's body. Because our trampoline beds put less stress on the jumper's knees and back, the jumper's body absorbs less of the fall energy so the springs absorb more energy and results in a better return bounce."

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Over the next 3 years Mark developed 4 new safety enhanced trampolines specifically designed to reduce jumping surface injuries including the AlleyOOP DoubleBounce™ trampoline with integrated AirShock™... our safest and most advanced system. The revolutionary design and engineering provides a dramatic improvement over a single bed trampoline.

In 2008, under Mark's vision, JumpSport expanded into fitness products with the revolutionary bounce and iconic look of the Fitness Trampoline™, followed later by the award winning IBounce and RompyRoo products for safe, bouncing play for young children. These products quickly increased in popularity being available on Costco.com, Amazon.com and through many other retailers.

Publicover has been widely recognized for his successful efforts to improve the safety of backyard trampolines. In 2000, the company was invited to become one of just 35 founding members of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission's "Product Safety Circle," along with companies like McDonald's, Fisher-Price, Inc., Whirlpool Corporation, Nordstrom, Inc., Mattel, Inc., Johnson & Johnson, and others.

JumpSport's trampoline products have won several awards, been featured on Good Morning America, 20/20, ESPN, and other broadcasts, and have appeared in numerous publications, including The Wall Street Journal and USA Today.

JumpSport continues to be a leader in trampoline safety and create safe, fun and educational toys and fitness products to be enjoyed by all ages — kids to adults!

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