Trampolines are popular among kids, teens and even adults. Of course it is fun to jump and perform some high intensity exercise on a trampoline. But one wrong landing can cause serious, permanent injuries. What’s important to note here is that trampoline injuries can happen even when the equipment has a stabilizing bar or protective net.
Children under 6 years of age are at the highest risk of getting injured.
Landing wrong while jumping, flipping and doing somersaults can cause:
Remember that serious head and neck injuries can lead to permanent damage, paralysis and even death.
You can greatly reduce the risk of trampoline injury by having adult supervision at all times. You should never allow kids to perform dangerous flipping or somersaults and there should be only one child jumping on the trampoline at a given time.
As a concerned parent or guardian, you should check the equipment often and look for obvious signs of damage. If you find that the protective padding is damaged or the metal springs need some repair, you should get it done immediately.
Last, parents should read the product manual carefully before setting up the equipment and using it. You should never exceed the maximum weight capacity of the trampoline.
Trampolines as you probably know are great for fun and exercise, but they can also be dangerous if you don’t follow the proper safety guidelines. Make sure you have a clear set of safety rules for your family as well as guests so that there are no accidents.
Injuries often occur when adults aren’t looking or supervising the kids. Children should not be allowed to jump on adult trampolines. Even if you are using trampolines designed for kids, make sure there is someone to keep a close eye over the kids.
If you are assembling a trampoline at home, follow the detailed instructions closely especially when it comes to fitting the frame and metal springs.
Also don’t forget to read about manufacturer specific guidelines and weight limits. If you are using a trampoline outdoors, inspect it carefully before using it or allowing your kids to step a foot on the jumping mat.
Clear, flat surfaces are ideal for trampoline use. If you are placing trampolines outdoors, make sure there are no potential hazards including trees, hedges, and benches in the area. The jumping area should be enclosed by nets. It is not recommended that you place trampolines on hard surfaces such as concrete and asphalt.
If you want to place trampolines in a park, soft grass usually works best. For additional safety, you can always have a safety net and a crash mat in place.
The bottom line is that you can avoid trampoline accidents by following the safety rules. You should always use the equipment bare foot and jump right in the center to prevent damage to framework and springs.