“Most of us believe that exercise is good for our children, and many believe that some best trampolines, which are well loved by children, are a great way for our kids gets that exercise. But like a swimming pool, trampolines are not only dangerous when used in an unsafe manner, but are inherently dangerous in that one wrong move can subject a child’s body to some pretty severe forces, capable of breaking break bones, causing paralysis and worse. The American Academy of Pediatrics advises against allowing children to use trampolines at home and school. If you chose to ignore their warning, you can still minimize the risks to your children, while not eliminating them, by becoming better educated about these risks and some basic rules to prevent injury. As an injury lawyer, I represent families who have suffered injuries due to trampoline defects and known safety issues, and agree with the AAP, if you are providing access to a trampoline for your children and their friends, it is important that you educate yourself on trampoline safety in an effort to minimize the danger.”
– Jeffrey Bowersox, the Trampoline Injury Lawyer
HERE ARE SOME RULES FOR USING THE TRAMPOLINE:
- Make sure the area is clear of object, trees, fences, poles etc.
- Set the trampoline where an energy-absorbing surface (grass) surrounds it with at least 10 feet (3 meters) on all sides and a minimum of 20 unobstructed feet (6 meters) above it.
- Buy and use a frame pad that covers the entire spring system
- Replace any worn or missing parts before use.
- Set rules for the trampoline and discuss them frequently with your children.
- Tell children of the risks of not using the trampoline correctly.
- Have children remove all necklaces.
- No child under 6 years of age should use a full size trampoline. Do not use a ladder to access the trampoline – provides unsupervised access to small children.
- Allow only one person on the trampoline at a time
- Do not attempt or allow somersaults because landing on the head or neck can cause paralysis. If you do attempt complex tricks or somersaults have spotters and ensure the person is experienced and skilled enough to perform these maneuvers.
- Do not allow bouncing followed by jumping off the trampoline – most injuries occur on landing!
- Do not use the trampoline without shock-absorbing pads to completely cover the spring system.
- Keep your bouncing low, under control and to the center of the trampoline. Perform “stop bounce” after every skill or sequence of skills or if you deviate from the center of the trampoline.
- Do not use the trampoline if under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
- Do not stand near the trampoline when someone is using it and do not go under it either!
A LOOK AT HOW MANY INJURIES ARE CAUSED
- It is important right up front to note, almost 75% of injuries result when more than one person is on the trampoline at the same time.
- More than half of injuries occur while a child is supervised by an adult.
- Head, neck and spinal injuries are the most serious and can occur while:
- Trying to do back or forward flips, landing on the head instead of the feet.
- Colliding with another person on the trampoline.
- Landing improperly while jumping or doing stunts.
- Falling or jumping off the trampoline
- Falling on the trampoline springs or frame.