It’s likely that someone you know has a trampoline sitting in their backyard. It’s a common item for play during warmer months, especially for children, but the risk for injuries on a trampoline is high. In fact, 295,000 people were medically treated from a trampoline injury in 2015, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
ProMedica Physicians Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon Adrian Lewis, DO, says injuries from trampolines usually occur when a child is jumping with someone bigger than them. “When there are two people jumping on a trampoline, the lighter person has a 14-times greater chance of an injury than the heavier person.”
He continues, “Trampolines, when it’s wet outside, doing high velocity somersaults, using an exercise ball, that’s all an additive to making the trampoline more dangerous.”
Dr. Lewis warns parents that trampolines need to be taken seriously. Although parents may watch their child closely while they jump, Dr. Lewis says 52% of injuries occur even when the parent is watching.
Injuries to the elbow and forearm are the most frequent, with foot and ankle following close behind. Neck injuries from a trampoline are not common, but they certainly do happen and can be catastrophic, notes Dr. Lewis.
“Children are not just small adults. They are growing and their growth plates are at risk because they are weaker than the rest of the bone. When you have an injury or fracture to the growth plate, you can potentially affect the overall growth of the bone or limb.”
If your child gets injured after playing on the trampoline, Dr. Lewis recommends seeking immediate medical attention.