KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Bouncing is big fun for kids. From trampoline parks to backyard playgrounds, trampolines are marketed as a way to stay healthy and have lots of fun, but many experts say they are not safe.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission reports more than 104,000 trampoline injuries treated in emergency rooms across the country in 2014. The American Academy of Pediatrics says not to buy a trampoline for your home and don’t allow your kids to jump on trampolines at other people’s homes. They say they are dangerous, even with nets and should only be used in supervised training programs.
Dr. Julia Arana with East Tennessee Children’s Hospital says common trampoline injuries include broken bones, concussions and other head injuries, sprains/strains, bruises, and neck and spinal cord injuries which can lead to permanent paralysis or death.
The injures are most commonly caused by colliding with another person, landing improperly while jumping or doing stunts, falling or jumping off the trampoline, or falling on the springs or frame.
If you do allow your child to jump on a trampoline, make sure there is adult supervision at all times and there is only one jumper at a time. Don’t allow somersaults or other dangerous stunts. Make sure the trampoline has adequate protective padding that is in good condition and repair damaged equipment before allowing children to jump.