Trampoline Troubles

Backyard trampolines are popular, but beware. Along with the increasing popularity of these backyard "toys," trampoline injuries are on the rise.

People experience over 100,000 trampoline injuries per year in the U.S. alone, with most of these injuries occurring on backyard models.

The injuries are serious, too. They include fractures, concussions, and head injuries. Even more sobering are the serious spinal cord injuries and deaths that can occur with trampoline use. In response to these injures, The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has stated that "the home use of trampolines is strongly discouraged."

The majority of injuries are to arms and legs. Back and neck injuries can cause serious neurological damage. The AAP warns parents that even with parental supervision and protective netting and padding, there is still a risk for injury.

Trampoline injuries occur when colliding with another person, landing improperly while jumping or doing stunts, falling or jumping off, or falling on the trampoline spring or frame. Although safety nets and shock-absorbing pads that cover the springs, hooks, and frame may help prevent some injuries, these safety measures have not decreased the risk substantially. The AAP strongly discourages the use of a home trampoline.