Many orthopaedic surgeons discourage parents from allowing their children to jump on trampolines due to the risk of trampoline injuries. Most musculoskeletal injuries occur in jumpers under the age of 14. The broken bones and joint injuries often result from falls on the mat of the trampoline or onto the ground as the jumper falls off the trampoline. These injuries also can result from landing on the trampoline springs or colliding with other jumpers.

Careful adult supervision and proper safety measures are needed at all times. Children should not jump on trampolines without an adult watching them.

Since collisions with other jumpers commonly cause injuries, only one child should jump on a trampoline at a time.

Children should not try flips or other acrobatic maneuvers without supervision and spotters. These maneuvers can result in catastrophic injuries, such as cervical spine and head injuries. Unless they have been trained in these maneuvers, they probably should not attempt these tricks at all.

Take steps to avoid trampoline injuries

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Despite the fact that it won’t prevent every injury, make sure the trampoline has appropriate padding on the bars and springs. Padding on the ground might be a good idea too.

Check the trampoline and its components regularly to ensure there is no damage that would make it unsafe for jumping.

Make sure the trampoline sits on a level surface and has no trees or other nearby hazardous objects.