AAP and trampoline safety
A study of trampoline injuries by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) states that strains and sprains are the most commonly reported injuries, followed by fractures, contusions/abrasions, and lacerations. Most strains/sprains occurred to the leg or foot; most fractures occurred to the arm or hand.
In addition to conditioning programs to strengthen these areas, the AAP provides these recommendations for supervised training programs:
- Make sure that a safety pad covers all portions of the trampoline’s steel frame and springs.
- Use an impact-absorbing safety material on the surface around the trampoline.
- Regularly check the condition of the trampoline for tears, rust, and detachments.
- Use safety harnesses and spotting belts appropriately to protect athletes performing challenging skills.
- Consider setting the trampoline in a pit so the mat is at ground level.
- Do not use ladders—they may provide unintended access to the trampoline by small children.
- Make sure only one person at a time uses the trampoline.
- Make sure that in supervised settings the athlete is at the center of the mat. Do not allow athletes to attempt maneuvers beyond their abilities or training.
- Ensure personnel trained in trampoline safety and spotting are present when the trampoline is used.
- Prohibit children under the age of six from using the trampoline, even in supervised training programs.
- Ensure the trampoline is secured and inaccessible when not in use.
The information provided in this article is intended for general informational purposes only and should not be considered as all encompassing, or suitable for all situations, conditions, and environments. Please contact us or your attorney if you have any questions.