Nets, pads don’t make trampolines significantly safer

I was thinking about getting a trampoline for the kids, and I thought that the nets placed around the sides had made them relatively safe. But then I ran across a surprising statistic in a magazine (that I later found online as well):

Seventy-five percent of injuries on trampolines occur from multiple people jumping at the same time.  The American Academy of Pediatrics contends that nets and pads do not significantly reduce the risk of injury.


“In light of approximately 98,000 trampoline-related injuries in the U.S. each year, the American Academy of Pediatrics is advising against playing on home trampolines. Although injuries have been on a downward trend for the last few years, trampolines still led to about 31,000 hospitalizations in 2009–and injuries tend to happen most frequently in kids under 5.”

“Think you’ve safety-proofed your trampoline with nets and pads? Think again. “Families need to know that many injuries occur on the mat itself, and current data do not appear to demonstrate that netting or padding significantly decrease the risk of injury,” said Michele LaBotz, MD, FAAP, co-author of the updated policy statement. In fact, 75 percent of injuries occur on the mat, when multiple people are jumping. The most common injuries are sprains, strains and scrapes, but devastating spinal injuries can also be caused by failed flips. Falls off the trampoline account for 27 to 39 percent of the injuries, and can still happen with an adult supervising.”

So despite the nets, the Academy of Pediatrics recommends that parents do not own or let their kids use trampolines.

So what do you think? Are trampolines safer than when we were little? Do you own a trampoline? Does it have the net and pads? Do you think they help with safety? Have your kids had injuries on your trampolines? Has it been from smashing into other jumpers? Do you only let them jump one at a time?

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