News | Published July 19, 2013

Ask the Pediatrician: Trampolines – recommend or avoid?

What's the "real deal" on kids using trampolines – recommend or avoid?

Answer: Thanks for your question. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends never using trampolines in a home or even in a routine physical education environment due to the huge number of injuries that involve them, and the severity of those injuries. Here is the policy statement from the AAP:

ABSTRACT. Despite previous recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics discouraging home use of trampolines, recreational use of trampolines in the home setting continues to be a popular activity among children and adolescents. This policy statement is an update to previous statements, re?ecting the current literature on prevalence, patterns, and mechanisms of trampoline-related injuries. Most trampoline injuries occur with multiple simultaneous users on the mat. Cervical spine injuries often occur with falls off the trampoline or with attempts at somersaults or ?ips. Studies on the ef?cacy of trampoline safety measures are reviewed, and although there is a paucity of data, current implementation of safety measures have not appeared to mitigate risk substantially. Therefore, the home use of trampolines is strongly discouraged. The role of trampoline as a competitive sport and in structured training settings is reviewed, and recommendations for enhancing safety in these environments are made.

So the answer is definitely AVOID, no matter how much the kids love them.

Thanks, Dr. C