Pediatricians Warn Against Dangers of Home Trampolines

New statement urges discontinuing recreational trampolines.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has issued a statement strongly discouraging the use of recreational trampolines at home.

According to a Reuters article, in 1999 the AAP recommended stronger safety measure to help prevent injuries on recreation trampolines, and manufacturers responded by adding safety nets and padding.

The article quoted Dr. Susannah Briskin, who helped draft the updated statement, as saying, "As best we can tell, the addition of safety nets and padding has actually not changed the injuries we have seen."

Statistics cited in the article show that while from the number of injuries has been dropping – from 111,851 cases treated at ERs in 2004, to 97,908 in 2009 – Briskin cautioned that, "Even though there has been a decrease in injuries - I caution people against taking that too literally because the number of trampolines has also decreased."

AAP statistics show that head and neck injuries make up 10-15 percent of all injuries and that about 1 in 200 trampoline injuries result in permanent neurological damage.

The AAP offers some safety tips to help make trampoline usage safer:

  • Check to see that your insurance policy covers trampoline-related claims.
  • Make sure the mat is used one at a time.
  • Have effective padding around springs and frame.
  • Place the trampoline on level ground.
  • Avoid somersaults and flips.
  • Actively supervise kids.

Do you have a trampoline? Would you get one? Tell us in comments.

I. DeFeo September 26, 2012 at 04:26 PM
I've been the unfun mom in the neighborhood when it comes to those. I know trampolines are fun, but no one follows the rules. I know the other moms think I'm nuts, but when my kids were at their houses and the neighborhood kids were on the trampoline, my kids would not get on & would just watch - they would tell the mother that my rule was one at a time and with an adult watching (I was proud of them and felt bad for them too). I'm sure the moms rolled their eyes behind my back, but those were my rules. I'm not a stickler for everything, but my kids get injured enough with normal mishaps. And they swam, climbed trees, rode bikes, hiked and did all kinds of other things including sports My husband backed me up 100% about the trampoline.
John September 27, 2012 at 04:54 PM
I'm surprised that given product liability laws in the US that seem to make everyone except the user of the product liable for their own actions and resulting injuries, that anyone still manufactures or markets trampolines. I would think they would have been sued out of business long ago. What am I missing?
Kym Byrnes September 28, 2012 at 03:29 AM
I hear you, when my son gets on a trampoline it's like a mosh pit and I know it's just a matter of time before I'm driving to the emergency room for stitches.


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