A Trampoline is Not a Toy

 

If you asked a child what superpower they would like to have, one answer is often the chance to fly. Trampolines attract many kids in their ability to give them the chance to float through the air, even if just for just a second. However, a trampoline is not a toy and can be incredibly dangerous.

While most trampoline injuries are muscle injuries or broken legs, not fatalities, we also see serious head and neck injuries. A concussion or an upper spine injury can be devastating to a child.

Based on the AAP’s guidelines, Safe Kids Grand Forks recommends that trampolines be used only as part of a supervised athletic training program such as competitive gymnastics, and not at home, at school or on playgrounds. In addition, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recommends that no children under 6 years old use a full-size trampoline. Safe Kids Grand Forks supports both recommendations.

Safe Kids Grand Forks cautions parents and caregivers to look for these features in a supervised trampoline program:

  • Make sure there is only one person on the trampoline at a time.
  • The frame, springs and floor around the trampoline are appropriately padded and the equipment is inspected frequently.
  • Trained spotters are always used and a safety harness or spotting belt is available. Ideally, the trampoline is in a pit so its surface is closer to the ground.
  • There is no ladder near the trampoline, where it could be used by unsupervised children to gain access. The trampoline should not be accessible to children when not in use and there is no active adult supervision.
  • Jumpers do not attempt stunts or skills beyond their training and demonstrated ability.

 Remember, these guidelines are for organized training programs led by qualified trainers with proper safety measures. A trampoline is not a toy and kids should not have access to one at home.

Although many trampoline injuries involve aerial stunts, falling onto the ground or floor, or landing on the springs or frame, more than half of trampoline injuries involve colliding with another jumper. As you add more jumpers on a trampoline, the risk of injury to the participants increases. Even trampoline manufacturers say there shouldn’t be more than one person on the trampoline at a time.

For more information about sports and recreation safety, contact Safe Kids Grand Forks at safekids@altru.org. Altru Health System is proud to serve as the lead agency for Safe Kids Grand Forks.

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Safe Kids Grand Forks is an injury prevention coalition who has as their mission to prevent unintentional injuries to children under the age of 10. Safe Kids Grand Forks is one of over 600 state and local coalitions affilicated with Safe Kids Worldwide in Washington, D.C. Altru Health System is the lead agency for SKGF and our goal is to collaborate and coordinate activivies of all entities in the community who have childhood injury prevention on their agenda. Together, we are keeping the children of our community and region safe!!

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