Dangers of a Trampoline

Hilary - posted on 01/28/2010 ( 57 moms have responded )

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My kids have been asking forever now to get a trampoline, I'm not sure. I have heard good things and bad. What do you guys think does the good things out weigh the bad?

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Emilie - posted on 01/28/2010

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My ex husbands sister has a trampoline and her daughter sprained her knee on it, and her neice broke her leg on it (another kid fell on her leg and he was big and she is small). Another person I know broke her rib on a trampoline.

April - posted on 08/02/2012

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I had a close friend break his neck at C4 on a trampoline. He was a very athletic kid, very coordinated. He was doing a flip and had done one at least 100 times prior to the incident. He was in high school at the time. He is now in a wheelchair. Barely able to use his arms and obviously can't use his legs. I would never get my kids one.

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Kaley Lynn - posted on 02/23/2014

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My kid broke her wrist but that's part of childhood I think that's she would be fine if u just make sure u feel safe if not set and watch them for a while and once you feel safe then you can let them play and if u feel like you need to set some rules then that's ok just don't go overboard I just think u should be able to trust your kids to know better and to be safe.

Sherri - posted on 10/03/2012

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Ya I am not that strict. I love that they try and do flips and things. No different when they do parcour or gymnastics. It is easier for them to learn how to do those things safer.



As far as the insurance thing flipping stupid if you ask me. I think a pool is a far greater danger than a trampoline. Oh and we have both.

Julianne - posted on 10/03/2012

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Flips etc aren't allowed on my trampoline. They are kicked off if I see them doing it. I have very strict rules about the trampoline, to make it safer. The other thing you should check is with your home insurance company--some of them increase your rates if they find out you have a trampoline.



My kids and their friends are only allowed to do jumping on the trampoline, anything else and they are not allowed it on it for a couple days

Charlene - posted on 10/02/2012

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sorry that doesn't make sence to me, wouldn't a bouncy castle with a bunch of kids be just as dangerous as a trampoline with ,sy 2 kids. just saying

Sherri - posted on 08/15/2012

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Best thing we have ever bought. They all are now sold with the safety netting. I have 4 boys and it is used literally every single day. I also do in home daycare for 3 other boys and not once have we ever had an accident.

Kim - posted on 08/14/2012

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My neighbors had a toddler crawl underneath one while kids were jumping and stand up and it sprained her neck and gave her a concussion

Julie - posted on 08/09/2012

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High risk of injury. My 7 year old fractured his skull @ Jump Sky High. Major surgery to repair occipital lobe and almost lost his vision. My oldest has had severe neck and low back injuries. My kids were on netted trampolines, under supervision and following the rules every time. We do not and will not ever own a large trampoline. I do have a rebounder which is a solo-sport tramp (that's as good as it gets here). but my boys still choose to take the risk and JUMP anywhere they can, any chance they get!

SAHRA - posted on 08/09/2012

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WE have a Trampoline that we have and my daughters love the trampoline but they both got hurt and i most likely well of course think netted trampopline is very safe at the same time danger

SAHRA - posted on 08/09/2012

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OKAY MY DAUGHTER HURT HER NECK ON A trampoline and shes had pain forever what should i do

Jodeen - posted on 02/07/2010

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my boys love their trampoline. we have the saftey nets. they are 5 and 7, and we have rules about only one on at a time when we have visitors. they play on it together, but as they are getting bigger, we will change that to one at a time.

Danielle - posted on 02/06/2010

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I had a trampoline at 16 and I sprained my ankle, tearing ligaments, resulting in a cyst which had to be removed by surgery. It can be a very good source for outdoor excercise and allow kids to run off their energy, but it has to be supervised and safe habits practiced. Only one kid on at a time to prevent collisions and dead spots-if both kids hit at the same time, one of them will not bounce something on their body will have to give, which is what happened to me. Just be cautious!!

Sally - posted on 02/06/2010

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I am an insurance agent and most companies will not write your home insurance if you have a trampoline. Obviously if you buy a trampoline and don't tell your insurance agent they don't really have any way to find out about it, but if you switch carriers they will sometimes do an inspection the property. There must be some reason that the home insurance companies don't want the risk...I won't let my own kids have one. I think all you need to do if you are on the fence is watch a couple of episodes of America's Funniest Videos and you will probably have an easier time deciding.

Julianne - posted on 02/06/2010

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Oh and i saw someone said an OUTSIDE net. MY pediatrician said get one that keeps the spring parts on the outside (thus the net on the inside) and his reasoning was that if you get the net that still keeps the springs inside where people jump they can get their foot caught in the springs and break their angle.
And still double check with your insurance companY MANY still will not cover you if you have one.

Julianne - posted on 02/06/2010

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I never wanted one but I broke down when an ENCLOSURE (one that actually protects from the springs as it is iinside of the outside part of the trampoline+Trampoline=$200. I have VERY STRICT RULES: Only 1 person at time may go on. NO ROUGH HOUSING NO FLIPS. FRIENDS may NOT go on it unless I have verbal permission DIRECTLY from the parent (the kids word that mom lets him/her go on is not valid at my house). You may not wait on the outside of the trampoline while others are jumping.
The enclosure MUST be totally zipped up and locked while 1 person is jumping and NOONE under the age of 6 is allowed. Any of these rules get broken the trampoline gets closed to all (my own kids included) for a MINIMUM of 1 week. I dont care if it is their friends that broke the rules, they know the rules and they can reinforce the rules to their friends (esp since they are 7 and 11). Yes I know of people who have broken bones on trampoline but from talking to my doctor MOST of the trampoline accidents are because there are 3 or more kids on there or if only 1 they allowed them to do reckless jumps,etc. He said my rules are actually fine and is fine with me having it. One thing you do need to check tho is if you need to add additional insurace as some Home owners insurance will NOT cover you if you have a trampoline in your yard and others REQUIRE additional insurance.

Michelle - posted on 02/04/2010

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I will emphasize my son had a potentially really serious injury from doing somersaults...a net would not have helped. The net is not an insurance - the kids do have to learn spacial awareness and they can't be wrapped in cotton wool. After six years that is one of just a very few injuries - but we also have quite strict rules about the number on at a time. no water and i am very careful when friends come to visit.

Michelle - posted on 02/04/2010

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We have no regrets - they can burn off so much energy. We even use it as a 'naughty step' - ie I tell my son to go and do 100 jumps on the tramp if he has been doing things that are not quite right!

I have to admit my 10 yr old got a neck injury 2 months ago after doing somersaults (so even nets on the side would not have helped, he was flown by helicopter to hospital - so it was potentially very serious...thankfully it was 'just' spinal shock and the feeling all returned to his arms and legs) however children will always take risks - they could fall out a tree, fall off their bike anything. It is honestly the best investment I ever made! Unfortunately - some of you Mum's will understand....i can't enjoy the jumping on the tramp....some of the after effect's of having 4 kids!!!!

Anita - posted on 02/04/2010

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If you really wanna get picky all outdoor play equipment is dangerous. Get one of the springless netted ones if you are concerned about it. My kids were given a trampoline from friends of ours. it has no net around it and no spring covers. Until they were used to it we stood beside them. They both jump on it at the same time as well. We have never had an injury, we've had it 4 years. In saying that we don't let other kids on it if they have a trampoline with the nets coz they are used to having something to fall into, and use the net to balance. My kids know to stay away from the edges.
I think we wrap kids in cotton wool too much these days. Think back to when we were kids, what did we do?

Laurie - posted on 02/04/2010

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I hate trampolines...sure they're fun, but as a nurse I have seen many injuries to kids from them. My kids got one from my ex mother in law to be used at their dad's this summer and I am really afraid. All they have to do is land wrong and that's it...

Rachael - posted on 02/04/2010

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My girls who are now 14 & 7 have had a trampoline for 3 years and love it! Its great fun and keeps them active. The only thing i would say is you must get one with a net around it, i wont let them on friends trampolines which dont have a safety net.

Beverly - posted on 02/04/2010

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I had a trampoline for 10 years. My kids loved it. I never had an injury and they played on it at all ages. I do recommend a net to go all the way around if you decide to get one. You do have to find a homeowners insurance that will cover it.

Gloria - posted on 02/04/2010

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I would advice you to check with your home owners insurance provider. They do not like to cover trampolines.

Kerri - posted on 02/03/2010

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We shouldn't wrap our children up in cotton wool - let them get a bit bruised and battered at times!

If you are getting a trampoline, get a decent one, make sure it has the safely netting/cage around the outside. If you decide when they are older to take that away, make sure they understand that they need to have "spotters" placed around the trampoline for this to happen (it's how it happens in proper trampoline training! (well along with the sponge pits)).

If you don't already know the basics yourself, take some time to learn them, so that you can instruct your child - will help and also make it more interesting for them to be learning things (how to stop bouncing is a good one to learn! That would be landing with knees bent, in case you didn't know).

They will love it, it is exercise and if they are on a trampoline they aren't just sat around! Go for it :)

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my kids have one and we all love it it is a great thing. Get it for them you will have as much fun as the kids!!

Theresa - posted on 02/03/2010

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we have a trampoline with a 5 & 6 year old. they LOVE it...we 'sunk' it in the ground...we hired a man to come dig a HUGE hole that the trampoline would fit into...then my husband built a frame to support the trampoline frame and a drainage system so water didnt collect...all with permits of course...now the trampoline is at ground level and we still have the zipper enclosed safety net around it...and knock on wood we've never had any injuries...obviously rules and supervision are reccomended

Amanda - posted on 02/02/2010

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omg come on folks ur kid can break a bone or what knot playing on the school playground, crossing the yard, kicking a ball, anything! I got a trampoline for my 1st birthday and never have had a broken bone and i stayed fit also (great exercise) and my children have had one for almost 12yrs and my oldest is about to be 14 and youngest is 14months so as long as theres rules for safety its ok oh and dont lie to the insurance co. about it bc if you do and someones kid is hurt on it you'll regret it but i say go for it girl go for it!

Hannah - posted on 02/02/2010

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I'm sure that there are some safety issues, but aren't there always with fun things? I'd get one. They are great excercise. When I was younger, I had one and absolutely loved it! And it helped me stay in shape. If you are concerned about falls, you can always get one of those nets that go around the perimeter of the trampoline. And just use caution. Your kids will love it! I'm planning on getting one myself, maybe this summer.

Deanne - posted on 02/02/2010

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we have a trampoline the kids spend hrs on it it has the enclosure we have had it for over 4 yrs no injuries it's the best thing we have ever bought them

Bekky - posted on 02/02/2010

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trampolines can be great fun for yur kids, they can also be abit scary too. My 11y old has fallen off & broken a rib & was also jumping with her little sister & they banged together & she broke her nose. they luv their trampoline & i would never get rid of it....

Cheryl - posted on 02/02/2010

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hi..I completely agree with Kimberley, she's so right about kids with trauma benefiting from trampoline therapy.
ive had my 3 kids on trampolines, and found them very theraputic (for both parents and children), the one at a time rule works for us unless we are supervising and then the rule is that everyone on trampoline has to be a similiar weight.
our trampoline has netting and we find this a safe alternative. never had any issues with broken bones...helps my child with his ADHD, to expel all that energy too.

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I would seriously reccomend getting the net that attaches to the trampoline body itself. I got the whole set from Sam's Club for just around 400. That included the trampoline itself, net, padding over the springs. I also reccomed that you do a little research as far as the netting goes. I know that the one that is sold at Wal-Mart is rather flimsy, meaning that it did not hold much support for my 5 year old. The one that we ended up purchasing from Sam's was able to hold up my husband who is aprox 170 lbs witout much give when he threw himself into it. Hope that this helps :)
PS this was one of the best investments that we have ever purchased for our backyard!!

Lisa - posted on 02/02/2010

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Santa brought our kids a trampoline for Christmas and they haven't stopped bouncing since. Mine are 5 and 8 and they bounce at the same time on a 15ft with enclosure. My husband and I love to bounce as well. We also like to have picnics on it and at night we lay there as a family and learn constellations. I feel safer with them in my backyard bouncing around then riding a bike out front near cars. Yes there are injury statistics but look up statistics for any activity and you will find them.

And as a former insurance agent with a major carrier, trampolines are no longer a concern for homeowner's insurance. The claims risk is not what it was once thought to be and we no longer asked or considered it in rating. That being said, I would make sure you carry bodily injury liability and medical payments in case a neighbor kid gets hurt and the parents want assistance with medical bills or their deductible. You can have that on your homeowners or renters insurance policy.

Happy Bouncing!

Courtney - posted on 02/02/2010

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My kids have one, and I wanted to get the wrap that goes around it too keep the from falling off. I haven't got around to it yet. But knock on wood they have been fine. They love it and use it all the time!

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anything can be dangerous if not used properly, preoperly supervised and kids taught how to use it and respect it.

My daughter had a standard square one with no net or mats from her 1st birthday, she never hurt herself (she is 7 now) in the 6 years she had it as we taught her to be careful and she listened and is a very good kid.

My son on the other hand who is 19 months now is very adventurious. Eloise's trampoline broke just before christmas so because he is so adventurious and has no concern for danger we got one with a thick strong net and the best mats you can get, as we know what he is like. He is on it every single day with supervision for 1 to 2 hours and he has been fine. HE has been taught how to get on/off safely and to always close the zipper (as it has a ladder) incase he sneaks to it one day.

So if you teach the kids how to use it properly and safely and have a net and pads then you are minimizing the risk of anything happening. ITs like a bike, we put a helmet on our kids to keep them safer and a push bike is probably the most dangerous toy on the market

Kelly Louise - posted on 02/01/2010

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we have a trampoline, they are a good form of exercise and i have had one accident on it...my middle son broke his leg... well not break a green line fracture .... make you sure you have rules for the trampoline like one at a time etc and you can have fun too...

Hilary - posted on 02/01/2010

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I have always thought the risks were just to great, they cause serious injury. And having 5 kids one at a time is just not reasonable.

With my kids buzzing in my ear I was starting to second guess my anwser of no way. I'm glad I have other responible parents to talk to, Thankyou.

haha talking to kids all day you'll start to believe anything :)

Rebecca - posted on 02/01/2010

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we have one with the safety net enclosed around it.. and the rule is one at a time!! the kids love it and no one has got hurt and I believe it's great exercise for the kids...

Donna - posted on 02/01/2010

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I wouldn't allow anyone I know on a trampoline as I know someone who fractured a bone in their back, they are very lucky to be walking now.

Jeannine - posted on 01/30/2010

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our pediatrician of course let us know the dangers, that I had already read about. But my sister is also a Physical Therapist and begged me not to let them play on them, they are the number one injuries, but also the type of injuries they produce to their bones/growth plates...just not worth it. We opted for the moon bounce type jumper, a lot more give, much safer for little kids with a harder time following rules all the time.

Jen - posted on 01/30/2010

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I think it depends on your childs activeness in the everyday life... My son is 8 and suffers from add/adhd he's also got oppisitional defiant disorder (odd) and he's so so so active, bouncy, busy, agressive at times.... My daughter is 5 and normal... they play on their grandmother's tramopline with their 3 cousins age ranges 11 to 6... I play on it with them, and so does grandma and my daughters dad... we dont have a net, however it wouldnt be a bad idea...... kids are kids, yeah trampolines are more of a risky backyard gadget... I think it depends more on what the child/children watch their parents do and how the kids behavior is in general, My son will intentailly try to bounce his sister off, but that's how my son is.... that's what brother and sister do. it's a very fun thing to have, extremely tiring, GREAT workout for partents as well as children. as i said before, my son suffers from dissiabilities....... somedays it's WONDERFUL for hiim and other's he needs to be taken off...
I wish you luck, and let kids be kids, supervise, coach and teach.

Laurie - posted on 01/30/2010

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I think they are soooo much better than sitting indide watching t.v.or playing video games, which is what my son would be doing if we didn't have a trampoline (with an enclosure). We have never had an accident in 2 years.

Joyce - posted on 01/30/2010

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I got a trampoline last summer an best thing i did, u should only let 2 small kids at a time on it and buy the net surround to stop any falling off. Make sure it is away from any hard walls of anything that the kids can bump into while bouncing.Make sure plenty of space is around the trampoline so they dont bounce into anything.

Dian - posted on 01/30/2010

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We have a trampoline with no inclosure on it. The only tragedy we have had is when my oldest ripped her pants on the springs getting down. There is never just one kid on it at a time. But usually they are not jumping but just sitting on it. They love it and are getting impatient waiting for spring so they can use it again.

Sierra - posted on 01/30/2010

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my kids have had a trampoline sence my oldest was three she is 7 now we follow strict rules like only one kids at a time and if anyone else jumps beside kids they hafe to have a signed form from mom or dad stating they do not hold us resposbile for any acadent we also made sure the whole yard was cloased off so no one can come in with us knowing we also have a safty net up too

Amanda - posted on 01/30/2010

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We have a trampoline with a enclosed net. My children compete in Trampoline in a club. Yes there have been children that hurt themselves on them, but in saying that, children can hurt themselves doing alot of things like running, riding their bikes etc. Teach your children the rules when using the Trampoline, it can be safe and fun for any child. :) Good luck

Julie - posted on 01/30/2010

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My kids always wanted a trampoline but I hate them they are so dangerous! It is almost impossible to keep only one child at a time on when not all the children are yours! These days you can get the ones with big nets around them, they seem a lot safer. Lots of broken bones come from trampolines

Etrezia - posted on 01/29/2010

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Hi!

My girls are age 6 and 10. We got a trampoline about 3 years ago. Up to now we havent had any serious accidents. Maybe with boys it would have been diffrent. These days trampolines are def safer that years ago, you can get one with kind of what look like a cage around them to prevent them form falling off. A trampoline is very exspensive but fot the last 3 years the girls have used it atleast 5 out of the 7 week days. (Sorry if my English is a bit wonky, second language.)

Kimberly - posted on 01/29/2010

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Trampolines are still one of the top reasons for ER visits for kids. That being said....we have a trampoline...a smaller one with secure netting all around. Only one should jump at a time and no flips, ever. My daughter went through councelling for abuse and her councellor said that trampolines are great for kids to reset their brain patterns when they are upset. Such an interesting side note. Hope that helps.

Michelle - posted on 01/29/2010

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We have one for our kids and they know the one at a time rule and so far no injuries. But they also know noone on it unless mom or dad is there also.

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