Should Trampolines Be Banned?

Unfortunately, many children continue to suffer from trampoline-related injuries. The Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics (JPO) estimates that between 2002 and 2011, there were over 1 million emergency room visits for trampoline-related injuries. The JPO notes that of those patients who sustained fractures, 92.7% were aged 16 years or younger.

Additionally, between 2000 and 2009, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) received reports of 22 deaths involving trampolines. The CPSC notes that trampoline-related injuries and deaths have typically been caused by:

  • Colliding with another person on the trampoline
  • Landing improperly while jumping or doing stunts on the trampoline
  • Falling or jumping off the trampoline
  • Falling on the trampoline springs or frame

Most of these injuries occurred on full-size trampolines. Here are the steps you can take to help prevent serious trampoline injuries, especially sprains, fractures, scrapes, bruises, and cuts:

  • Allow only one person on the trampoline at a time
  • Do not attempt or allow somersaults
  • Do not allow a trampoline to be used without shock-absorbing pads that completely cover the springs, hoods, and the frame.
  • Place the trampoline away from structures and other play areas
  • Do not use a ladder with the trampoline because it provides unsupervised access by small children. No child under 6 years of age should use a full-size trampoline
  • Always supervise children who use a trampoline

As a final matter, many insurance companies will no longer cover trampolines under homeowners insurance policies. Some carriers will exclude trampolines from their policies, leaving a homeowner subject to personal liability for a trampoline-related injury. Other carriers will not allow a homeowner to have a trampoline and will cancel coverage upon discovering otherwise.

* Reference: Original content can be found at the websites for the Consumer Product Safety Commission and Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics.

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