Should I get my child a trampoline?
Trampolines often are described as fun for kids and a way to get exercise. However, an estimated 100,000 people were injured on trampolines in 1999. That is almost triple the number of people injured in 1991. Most of these injuries happened on home trampolines.
Trampolines can be very dangerous
Almost two thirds of the people injured from trampolines are children ages 6 through 14 years. Common injuries include the following:
Broken bones (sometimes needing surgery)
Concussions and other head injuries
Bruises, scrapes, and cuts
Neck and spinal cord injuries that can result in permanent paralysis or death also occur.
Most injuries result from the following:
Landing wrong while jumping
Colliding with another person on the trampoline
Falling or jumping off the trampoline
Landing on the springs or frame of the trampoline
Adult supervision will not adequately prevent injuries on home trampolines. Trampolines should be used only in supervised training programs for gymnastics, diving, or other competitive sports.
Published online: 3/07Source: Trampolines (Copyright © 1999 American Academy of Pediatrics, Updated 5/01)