I get asked often whether or not a trampoline would be a good idea or not. There was a recent study that came out showing the increased ED rates associated with the increased trampoline facilities over the past several years. The study sites that in 2010 there were 581 ED visits for injuries sustained at these facilities. In the past several years more of these facilities have been built and like many of you my kids have been to multiple birthday parties at these places. in 2014 the ED visits had increased to nearly 7,000, about 60% of these injuries were lower extremity fractures.
I struggle to give great advice on this subject because the exercise and benefits of being outside and playing are wonderful. Clearly trampolines come with risk. These risks can be reduced I think but taking some simple steps. In our neighborhood it feels like every other house has a trampoline and most have nets to prevent kids from falling off. This is a nice step but very few trampoline accidents happen from falling off the tamp – most injuries occur on the mat itself. First little kids should not be on the tramp with bigger kids. The forces put on their legs from the bigger kids bouncing cause the most injuries. The best case scenario would be for only one kid at a time on the tramp. This is likely why we are seeing so many accidents at the “bounce houses.”