• Why are Trampolines Considered so Dangerous?

    children on a trampolineIf you’re not sure about the popularity of home trampolines, take a ride through any suburban neighborhood and peek into the backyards — you’re sure to see a dozen or more within fifteen minutes. Trampolines are a fun way for kids to get some exercise and fresh air, and at first glance the new models with their high nets and padding seem like a safe alternative to contact sports, skateboarding, or riding bikes through streets traveled by distracted drivers. So why did the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) take such a harsh stance against them, discouraging home use?

     

    Statistically speaking, the number of trampoline injuries has increased dramatically over the last several years, and in response, trampoline safety position statements have been issued by the AAP, the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, the Canadian Pediatric Society and the Canadian Academy of Sports Medicine. All of them discourage both recreational and playground use of trampolines.  Here are just a few of the reasons why trampolines are considered so dangerous.

     

    • Children have a tendency to do things in groups, and on a trampoline that is an accident waiting to happen. Three out of four trampoline injuries occur when there is more than one person jumping, as multiple jumpers eliminate an individual jumper’s control of how high they go, not to mention increasing the chance of bumping hard into another jumper.
    • From a product liability standpoint, not every trampoline company has provided the features that would make trampolines safer, and even those that have included padding on springs and strong nets haven’t necessarily made those products durable. With padding breaking down quickly and parts growing rust, the risks of injury grow with every passing day.
    • Children’s bodies aren’t sturdy, and falling from heights puts them in danger of broken bones – and the younger they are, the less coordination they have and the more danger they are in. The AAP says children under the age of 6 should not be permitted on trampolines at all.

     

    If your child insists on playing on a trampoline, make sure that you have rules in place regarding the number of people on the equipment at a time as well as regarding tricks like flips and somersaults.  If an injury occurs and you believe that it is a result of a defect in the product or its manufacturing process, contact us to learn about your rights.

     

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