The backyard trampoline. For kids, it comes with endless fun and a good source of physical activity. But with increased popularity, orthopedics around the country are seeing more and more cases of sprains, breaks, and even serious neck and back injuries related to trampoline use. Just because a trampoline has safety netting, you shouldn’t let your guard down on safety – most injuries occur on the mat itself. We share some tips from the American Academy of Orthopaedics Surgeons on how to keep the joy of bouncing continue on for everyone.
TIPS FOR TRAMPOLINE SAFETY
Set up & Maintenance
- Place the trampoline at ground level to reduce the height of any possible fall.
- Make sure there is adequate protective padding around the springs, frame and surrounding areas and inspect before each use.
- If the trampoline is worn or torn, do not use.
Rules & Safeguards
- Always have an adult supervise when children are using the trampoline.
- Allow only one child on at a time.
- No children under 6 years old should use the trampoline.
- High-risk maneuvers like flips should only be done with supervision and instruction. A spotter should be present.
- Move the ladder out of reach when the trampoline is not in use so small children cannot easily climb in unsupervised.