Posted on Aug. 19, 2014 (
Jumping on a trampoline is a popular activity for kids and a great form of exercise for adults. But the carefree fun can turn into an emergency department visit fast without the proper safety precautions.
In fact, many doctors and hospitals question whether we can trampoline safety. A recent study showed that home trampolines have caused more than one million emergency room visits since 2002.
The most common trampoline injuries include sprains, strains, contusions and fractures — with some cases sometimes requiring surgery.
Still, people like to jump on trampolines. More than a million trampolines are sold every year. And indoor trampoline parks are growing in popularity.
A few safety tips can help protect your family:
- Check the equipment. Make sure pads, nets and springs are in good condition
- Check the surrounding area. Be sure the trampoline is on level ground and remove potential hazards nearby
- ALWAYS limit jumping to one person at a time
- Limit trampoline activities. Don’t allow risky moves like somersaults and flips
- Supervise. Active adult supervision is essential. Be prepared to enforce the rules.
A final note of caution: The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends against recreational trampoline use for kids, and warns that even recent safety improvements, such as nets and padding, have not reduced injury rates. Our recommendation is if you or your kids do jump anyway, always follow safety precautions.
Find out why Australian Olympian trampolinist Blake Gaudry says trampoline safety is flipping important:
Erin Summa, MPH
Erin Summa is a Health Promotion Coordinator with the Mary Bridge Center for Childhood Safety
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