Is My Child Safe on a Trampoline?

Q: I’m thinking of buying a trampoline for my backyard.  Any tips for keeping my child from getting injured on a trampoline?

A: The safest thing to do is not buy a trampoline! Serious and permanent injuries can occur even when a trampoline has a net and padding and parents are watching. The most common injuries include broken bones, concussions, cuts and bruises, as well as head and neck injuries.  

If you do choose to purchase a home trampoline, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends the following:  Adult supervision at all times; only one jumper on the trampoline at a time; no somersaults or flips; have adequate padding; and check equipment often. Damaged padding and netting should be replaced before the trampoline is used again.  In addition, parents should check their homeowner’s policy and consider a rider for trampoline related injuries if not included in the basic policy.

If you have other safety questions, please discuss them with your child’s health care provider.

By Dr. Sharon Rink, pediatrician, ThedaCare Physicians-Pediatrics in Darboy.