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September 21, 2017
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The Dangers of Trampolines

With the growth in number of trampoline parks in the US, emergency rooms have witnessed an increase in trampoline-related orthopedic injuries (from both trampoline parks and home trampolines).  At SCSM, we treat many injuries annually to both children and adults hurt on trampolines. The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons actually recommends that any child under age 6 should not jump on a trampoline. The following is taken from a recent article released by the AAOS.

To reduce the number and severity of injuries resulting from the use of trampolines, the
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) recommends the following guidelines:
• Provide careful adult supervision and proper safety measures when trampolines are used for
physical education, competitive gymnastics, diving training, and other similar activities.
• Provide competent adult supervision and instruction for children at all times.
• Allow only one participant at a time to use a trampoline.
• Ensure that spotters are present when participants are jumping. Somersaults or high-risk
maneuvers should be avoided without proper supervision and instruction; these maneuvers
should be attempted only with proper use of protective equipment, such as a harness.
• Place the trampoline-jumping surface at ground level.
• Ensure that supporting bars, strings, and surrounding landing surfaces have adequate
protective padding that is in good condition and appropriately placed
• Regularly check equipment for safety conditions; discard worn or damaged equipment if
replacement parts are unavailable
• Do not rely on safety net enclosures for injury prevention; most injuries occur on the
trampoline surface. Do not allow children younger than 6 years of age to use trampolines.
• Remove trampoline ladders after use to prevent unsupervised access by young children.

1. Trampolines – Calendar Year 2014, Cost Components for Medically Treated Nonfatal
Consumer-Product Injuries by Place of Treatment (2012 dollars), developed for Consumer
Product Safety Commission with National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS) data.
2. Loder R, et al: Fractures from Trampolines: Results from a National Database, 2002 to 2011. J
Pediatr Orthop, 2014. 34 (7): p. 683-690.
3. Trampoline Safety in Childhood and Adolescence, American Academy of Pediatrics Policy
Statement 2012. Available online at:
Accessed June 3, 2015.
4. Trampoline Safety Alert, Consumer Product Safety Alert, US Consumer Product Safety
Commission, 2015. Available online at: Accessed June 3,
©September 1996 American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons®. Revised June 2005, September 2010, and
September 2015.
This material may not be modified without the express written permission of the American Academy of
Orthopaedic Surgeons.
Position Statement 1135
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