Trampoline Safety: Is There Such a Thing?

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As an ER nurse for more than 15 years, I have a difficult time placing the words “trampoline” and “safe” in the same sentence. Both professionally and personally, I’ve been exposed to countless numbers of injuries from trampoline use, so my first instinct is to caution all readers to avoid purchasing a trampoline for your home. However, I feel it’s important to provide a non-biased opinion so that each of you can make your own decision on the safety of trampolines.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) estimates that in 2001, there were 91,870 hospital emergency room-treated injuries associated with trampolines. With that, CPSC has received reports of six deaths of children under the age of 15 involving trampolines.(1) At the same time, the American Academy of Pediatrics, “does not recommend the use of home trampolines.”(2) The majority of injuries that I’ve seen are head and neck injuries, which of course are the more serious type of injury. Injuries can range from bruises, fractures, paralysis and even death.

For those of you who have purchased a trampoline, or have a neighbor with a trampoline, please note these steps to help prevent serious injury:

  1. Never allow more than one person on the trampoline at a time.
  2. Don’t allow somersaults on the trampoline due to increased risk of head or neck injury.
  3. Make sure the trampoline is away from other structures such as outdoor equipment, fences and trees.
  4. Always have at least one adult supervise children as they play on the trampoline.

Remember, there are many outdoor activities that don’t carry as high of a safety risk as a trampoline. For alternative activities: get outside, enjoy the sun, ride bikes, go the park, visit the zoo … the options are endless for healthy family time.

– Linda Reetz, R.N., B.S.N., Director of Emergency Services, Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak


1. Consumer Product Safety Alert; Trampoline Safety Alert.

2. Pediatric Advisor 2006; Trampoline Safety.

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