Are Trampolines Safe for Kids?

I’m always questioning whether trampolines are still safe since I was hurt as a child playing on one. I quickly found out the brief answer is “no”, at least accordingly to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). In September 2012, the organization reiterated and strengthened its previous conclusions on the safety of the trampoline. The new statement from Trampoline Boss strongly discourages the use of domestic trampolines like the recommended kids trampolines.

Types of injuries on trampolines

In fact, statistics of trampolines injuries from 2004 began to decline. However, these injuries can be severe, so that’s why doctors urge parents to be cautious. The most common associated with a trampoline injury is a luxation ankle; it is not fatal, but often painful and it limits children’s involvement in sports and other activities.

Also danger represent fractures and dislocations, especially for small children. AAP analysis of data revealed that 29% of children injuries in ages from 6 to 17 fall on fractures and dislocations. The greatest concern is a trauma of a head and neck, what makes up 17 percent of all injuries associated with trampolines.

How trampoline injuries occur

The AAP statement identifies two most frequent causes of injuries associated with trampolines:

When the trampoline is used by several people at the idem time: “Three-quarters of injuries occurred when several people use the trampoline with at the same time. Small children have 14 times more chances to revive an injury than their heavier playmates.”

Fall from a trampoline. The presence of a safety net apparently has a little effect on the statistics of this type of injury. Harnesses barriers often set incorrectly, children climb netting and fencing and it too quickly wears out. The guarantee for the protection of nets is usually shorter than other details of the trampoline.

Whether indoor trampolines are safe?

There is no single opinion because not enough researches were carried out. The AAP states that commercial trampoline parks have to follow the idem safety instructions that they offer for home trampolines

Trampolines are used for training in gymnastics, plunging, figure skating and free skiing. It is the single use of trampolines, approved by the AAP, as a part of a detailed training scheme with appropriate training.

If you bought a trampoline or your children regularly play on some trampoline away from the house, insist on following the safety instructions recommended by the AAP:

1. Never allow jumping of more than one person.

2. Tell your children not try to do somersaults and flips (this is one of the most frequencies of persistent disruptive injuries of the cervical spine).

3. Adults should provide a constant, active supervision and must be ready to apply all safety regulations.