You may have heard that trampolines can pose dangers for kids. But did you know that health experts recommend avoiding trampoline use completely for anyone not undergoing supervised training for a sport?
The number of serious injuries — including trauma to the spinal cord, neck and head — has significantly increased in recent years. Children constitute the most-frequent users of home trampolines, and they suffer the bulk of injuries. Pediatricians across the country have warned that trampolines simply present too much of a risk for children to use.
These seven safety statistics may convince you to give your backyard trampoline the bounce.
- Trampolines cause about 100,000 injuries every year. Between 2002 and 2011, more than 1 million people landed in emergency rooms with injuries related to trampoline use. Almost 300,000 of the injuries included broken bones.
- Children under 16 suffer nearly 93 percent of fractures related to trampolines.
- Three-quarters of trampoline injuries happen as more than one person jumps. In most cases, smaller children bear the greatest likelihood of injury when multiple people jump at the same time. And about a fifth of trampoline spinal-cord injuries happen as multiple jumpers collide as they attempt stunts or fall from the trampoline.
- Approximately 15 percent of injuries on trampolines happen to children younger than 6, and young children constitute up to 37 percent of patients evaluated in emergency rooms after trampoline accidents. Research has found that young children have the highest risk of serious injury — including spine and leg fractures.
- One in 200 injuries leads to permanent neurological damage. Strains, contusions and sprains stand as the most common injuries, with nearly 40 percent of all injuries resulting from falls from the trampoline.
- Among trampoline injuries treated in emergency rooms, 4 percent result in a hospital stay.
- More than 95 percent of fractures happen at home. Medical authorities advise against any home use of trampolines.
To guard your family’s safety, consider getting rid of your home trampoline. If you choose to keep it, never let children jump without supervision. Make sure supporting bars and landing surfaces have sufficient padding, and only let one person jump at a time.