Trampolines Pose Serious Personal Injury Threat for Kids
Despite the popularity, trampolines pose a serious threat of injury for kids, both indoors and in backyards. In fact, between 2002 and 2011, the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) reports over a million emergency calls made due to trampoline-related injuries. While the use of a trampoline comes with risk for injury and legal liability, the number of trampolines doesn’t seem to be decreasing. The organization also estimates nearly $9 billion in medical, legal, liability, loss of work and pain and suffering costs associated with such injuries in 2014.
Even still, trampolines remain a popular form of exercise for children and adults alike. Each year, thousands are injured with the majority of injuries happening in backyards. Children under the age of 6 are at the highest risk for these injuries.
Whether it’s at home or at an indoor trampoline park, the most common injuries include:
- Head and neck injuries, some leading to paralysis or death
- Sprains and strains
- Broken bones, some of which require surgery
- Bruises, scrapes and cuts
While not all personal injuries are avoidable, there are some tactics that can lessen the risk of injury. The first step in prevention is understanding what heightens the risk associated with trampolines. The most common causes of injury include:
- Being struck by another person
- Falling or purposefully jumping off
- Attempts at stunts by non-professionals
- Landing wrong after an attempted flip
- Landing wrong when jumping
- Landing wrong or falling off when trying to somersault
- Landing on springs or frame
Recommendations for Children
The consensus is that trampolines are not worth the risk to have at home. However, if you decide to purchase one anyway, there are important safety precautions to take to lessen the risk of injury and minimize the severity of injury. Some tactics include:
- Limit use to one person at a time
- Regularly check equipment for loose or broken springs and other mechanical issues
- Repair or replace damaged parts such as protective padding, net enclosures and other parts before usage
- Constant adult supervision
- Protective padding should be in good condition and assured it is properly placed and installed
Some personal injuries are not avoidable. If you have been injured on a trampoline due to the negligence of the property owner, contact our team today for more information.