Trampolines are a fun way for kids to burn off their extra energy and get
some fresh air at the same time, but they can also be incredibly dangerous.
In fact, over a 10-year period in the U.S., there were
more than one million reported visits to emergency care facilities because of trampoline injuries. Most of the
injured patients were children and most of the injuries were bone fractures,
especially of the upper extremities. Spinal injuries and lower extremity
injuries were also common. Because of the serious risks associated with
trampoline use, the emergency care physicians at West Hills Hospital encourage
families throughout our West Hills community to take precautions with
At regular intervals throughout the year, parents are advised to closely
inspect the parts of the trampoline and to replace any that are worn or
not working properly. Thick padding should completely cover the springs
and frame. Protective padding is also required on the supporting bars,
strings, and the landing surfaces all around the trampoline. It is commonly
thought that safety net enclosures can help keep kids safer while using
trampolines, but actually, many experts feel that these devices may do
more harm than good because they can provide a false sense of security.
Emergency care is most often required for trampoline injuries that occur
on the surface of the device.
Children should be supervised at all times by a responsible adult. Athletes
who are training on trampolines should also be supervised. If athletes
are attempting jumps or other stunts, spotters should be on hand. High-risk
maneuvers require additional safety equipment such as harnesses.
It is not recommended that children under six years of age use trampolines,
even with supervision. Parents should strictly enforce rules regarding
trampoline usage, which should include a prohibition on more than one
child jumping at a time. Children should not attempt stunts like flips
If a family member does sustain an injury from a trampoline this summer,
the emergency care physicians at
West Hills Hospital are always available to help. Call 911 if you or a loved one requires
rapid transportation to the emergency care department. Otherwise, non-emergent
inquiries may be directed to a registered nurse at our hospital in West
Hills by calling (818) 676-4321.