Why pediatricians believe that trampolines are dangerous

It is not an exaggeration, trampolines children may cause them injuries such as fractures, sprains, ligament sprains, muscle tears and dislocations, to more serious injuries to the cervical and spine, even when adults supervise.

The message of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP for short) is very clear to parents: avoid trampolines take home, whether mini or large size.

The Academy warns that fun and harmless that look like trampolines, for children are a public health problem because they can cause permanent damage to children who are injured using them.

According to the report three quarters of injuries occur when multiple people, in this case children use the trampoline at a time. What’s more, your child is 14 times more likely to get hurt if you are jumping with others within a trampoline and is physically smaller child.

Although the number of accidents related to the use of the trampoline have declined since 2004, the Academy insists that trampolines should not be considered a toy, but part of a specialized team that was originally designed for acrobatic specialized training of Olympic athletes, sports such as gymnastics, ice skating, and for training to ski.

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Aware that parents continue to ignore the recommendations pediatricians fulfill its mission to alert parents to use such equipment requires supervision of specialized personnel because even accidents occur under parental supervision when children jump in trampolines in backyards, squares or public parks.

Pediatricians also recognize that like jumping rope or playing hopscotch, has great benefits to physical health of children. However, the report highlights that the trampoline was patented in 1945 by George Nissen, a gymnast whose goal was to use it as a tool of professional training other gymnasts. possibly the trampoline was used to train aviators in the military. The recreational version of trampoline, is sold with cheaper versions that do not necessarily use or offer the same security as the professional trampolines.

The report details the differences between the two types of trampolines. In these programs competitive trampolines are rectangular and are of a size, quality and above recreational children who regularly use costs.

One difference is that the AAP emphasizes that the trampoline using professional athletes do not have protective screens, but offer additional protection to cushion falls with protective ranging up to 6 feet away around the trampoline. Further explains that only when athletes learn to master their somersaults and maneuvers, is that they stop using or being restrained by ropes or pulley systems that retracts before falling to the floor, to prevent being injured. Trampoline jumping is an Olympic sport since 2000.

Why childhood injuries

Especially for younger children, the impact of the force that your body gets to fall into the trampoline, while heavier children jump, you feel even with a force greater than his little body feel if landed on the pavement, according says the AAP.

The reason, experts say it is because the force exerted by the other participants heavier is absorbed almost entirely by the falling body.

The risk associated with the use of several participants, combined with a lower development of their physical skills increases the likelihood of fractures and dislocations in younger children.


Although the pattern of injuries varies with age, from 22% to 37% of children who went to the hospital emergency rooms for injuries from trampolines were children under 6 years of age. Another aspect that pediatricians emphasized was that in the case of young children these suffered more damage to bones, standing at 48% of cases, compared with 22% of registered children lesions between 6 and 17 years. The latter group also suffered from fractures and dislocations.

As for the rate of hospitalizations, the Canadian Program for Prevention and Control Injury Hospital, part of the preventable.

The warning that pediatricians share with parents or other adults caring for children is to remind you that recreational trampolines can be dangerous, so even in certain states in the United States, insurance companies do not cover the medical costs associated with injuries this popular toy causes.

A curious fact offered by the report is that in explaining the difficult to compare injuries to other sports or recreational activities, at least in children under 14 years of age, the percentage of injuries in the Agency’s Consumer Protection remember that users can go to its website to see if the model using trampolines has been recalled or identified as having some other type of imperfection.


American Academy of Pediatrics, Council of Sports Medicine and Fitness. June 10, 2000 Pediatrics 320: 1563-1566.

Consumer Protection Agency. Internet page with information models of trampolines recalled in the United States. Revised: July 27, 2011. http://search.cpsc.gov/query.html?charset=iso-8859-1&qt=trampolines

NBC News. Internet page on trampoline Olympic competitions. Revised: July 27, 2011. http://www.nbcolympics.com/trampoline/index.html

Canadian Program for Prevention and Control in Hospitals Injury. Web site of the Department of Health Canada with information on child injury figures related to the use of trampolines. Revised: July 27, 2011. http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/injury-bles/chirpp/injrep-rapbles/index-eng.php