Jeremy Thurman on August 20, 2013
Bounce, bounce, bounce. The trampoline seems like the quintessential kids’ entertainment; it’s been around forever, and kids (and adults) love them. It may surprise you, though, that there were 83,300 trampoline injuries treated in emergency rooms in 2011. As a matter of fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics advises against trampoline use for kids altogether, citing too-frequent cases of fractures, dislocations, cervical spine injuries and even death.
Did you know that some homeowner’s insurance policies don’t cover injuries that occur on trampolines? In fact, if you purchase a trampoline for your yard, there’s a possibility that your insurance policy may be cancelled.
However, if you’re fortunate enough to have an insurance policy that will cover a trampoline in your yard, you still want to make sure that you avoid the most common injuries, which include collisions with another person, improper landings after jumping or performing stunts, falling or jumping off the trampoline and falling on the trampoline’s springs or frame.
The biggest things you want to be careful of when using the trampoline are paralysis, fractures, sprains, bruises and head or neck injury. Here are a few tips for safe trampoline enjoyment:
Again, even when used properly, trampolines can present a risk, which is why most insurance companies don’t allow coverage in their policies. But, certainly, when used with caution, trampolines can be fun and are a great source of exercise. Like with anything else, though, be aware of the risks and make smart choices.