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Six tips for trampoline safety

Kids have amazing imaginations. Sometimes they want to pretend they’re an astronaut floating in zero gravity, or a superhero who can fly. So, it’s no wonder that they find trampolines so fun.

With the current COVID-19 outbreak, families are looking for new ways to keep kids entertained at home. Though trampolines can be a source of backyard fun and exercise, children are at risk for broken bones, muscle sprains or strains, bruises, and most significantly, head and neck injuries.

Falling off trampolines, running into others jumping at the same time, or failing to land a new trick or stunt can change a child’s life in an instant. Know the signs of a head or neck injury and the signs of a concussion before allowing children to play.

Teenage girl bouncing on the trampoline

Tips to maintain a safe trampoline environment

If you do have a trampoline at home, follow these tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics to maintain a safe environment:

  1. Supervise your children at all times.
  2. Allow only one jumper on the trampoline at a time.
  3. No somersaults or stunts.
  4. Check all equipment often.
  5. Make sure the trampoline’s protective padding is in good condition and is appropriately placed.
  6. When damaged, protective padding, the net enclosure, and any other parts should be repaired or replaced.

It’s also important to consider insurance coverage for your home that contains proper coverage for trampolines, particularly if visitors and friends are using your equipment once the Shelter in Place order has been lifted in Minnesota. Check with your property insurance provider if you have questions.

Children’s Minnesota emergency care

At Children’s Minnesota, we have approximately 90,000 visits to our emergency rooms each year. In fact, we care for more pediatric emergency and trauma patients than any other health care system in our region.

If your child takes a tumble on a trampoline and needs emergency care, visit one of our emergency departments in Minneapolis or St. Paul. If it is an emergency, please call 9-1-1.

Level 1 Trauma Center in Minneapolis

We have the area’s only Level I pediatric trauma center in a hospital dedicated only to kids. Learn more about trauma care here.

Alexandra Rothstein