Parents want to encourage physical activity, and the backyard trampoline is a great way for the kids to get some exercise and tire themselves out.
No matter what you tell them, they're not going to jump one at a time. They are not going to stay in the middle. They won't be jumping straight up and down. That's what a bed is for. Trampolines proclaim their innocence with their stretchy bouncy surfaces, but beneath the vivacious exterior they are vicious predators.
Drew suffered three stitches and some swelling on his 12th birthday after a trampoline accident.
Daniel Stothard lost an eye when a spring broke on his trampoline and flew into his face. The importer of the trampoline reports that it's not a common accident.
"We have sold 250,000 trampolines with 15 million springs and to our knowledge, nothing of a similar nature has ever happened before.”
Kollin Galland at 14 was an accomplished athlete. He had mastered the double back flip on the diving board and trampoline, and was ready to try again.
This time he landed on his head, damaging some vertebrae and paralyzing him.
Fortunately, most trampoline accidents are minor, at worst involving broken bones.
We don't know how many trampoline accidents are preventable, but here are some statistics that may reflect on the problem.
- 98% of all trampoline accidents that cause serious injury happen within 5 miles of home. Try using a trampoline located further away.
- 99.7% of all trampoline injuries are caused on the way down. Avoid injury by staying in the air as much as possible.
- Try to land on your feet -- both at the same time, and pointed in the same direction preferably.