Because of the high injury rate, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that you do not have a home trampoline. Before making your decision, be sure to read injury and safety information. Tens of thousands of children are injured each year as a result of trampolines.
Serious injuries occur to the neck, arms, legs, face, and head. Head and neck injuries are the most serious. Neck injuries usually happen when children try to do flips and land on their head or neck instead of their feet. Many children are paralyzed for life from a trampoline injury each year. The injury rate is highest for children younger than 6 years old.
Almost 75% of injuries happen when more than one person is on the trampoline at the same time. When 2 people use the trampoline, the person weighing less is 5 times more likely to be injured than the heavier person. Adult supervision is no guarantee that a child will be safe. More than half of all trampoline injuries occur while the child is being watched by an adult. Having spotters around the edges helps reduce some of the risk of injury. Spotters need to be big enough and strong enough to protect the jumper if he gets too close to the edge.
If your child already uses a trampoline, you should follow these safety measures.