3 Crucial Safety Rules for Trampolines

Trampolines are fun but also dangerous and require extreme cautionTrampoline jumping is a favorite childhood pastime, but, unfortunately, it’s also a very dangerous one. Each year, hundreds of children end up in the emergency room with trampoline-related injuries like sprains, fractures and, in some cases, even paralysis—this toy is no joke!

Parents tend to think that putting a net around the trampoline keeps their kids safe, but this is actually not true—most trampoline injuries aren’t the result of falling off the structure. The most frequent cause of injury is landing in an awkward position on the bouncy part of the trampoline—you step wrong and roll your ankle, tearing a ligament or even breaking a bone. In worst-case scenarios, where the back or neck are involved, a fun afternoon in the back yard could end with your child never walking again!

Now, I’m not here to try and scare you—I’m just wanting to make sure you are aware of the risks involved in using trampolines. If you can’t bear to ban the jumping, please make sure your children follow these safety guidelines for trampoline use:

1.   One person on the trampoline at a time. No exceptions.
2.    No children under the age of six, not even on their own.
3.   No flips or somersaults. Fancy tricks up the risk of injury, and increase the odds of any injury sustained being a serious one

I hope you all have a safe and exciting summer. Please come see me if your child’s foot pain is preventing him or her from enjoying this extended vacation.

Dr. Andrew Schneider
Dr. Andrew Schneider is a podiatrist and foot surgeon at Tanglewood Foot Specialists in Houston, TX.