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Jumping on a trampoline is a popular activity among all ages, especially children. But are they safe? As with any sport there is a risk of injury, but statistics from the American Academy of Pediatrics show that trampolines cause nearly 100,000 injuries (yes, you read that correctly) in a one-year period among children.

Despite your kiddos’ pleading, you have some safety concerns to consider. To help you make an informed decision, here is some data.

  • Small children are 14 times more likely to get hurt on a trampoline than bigger children are.
  • Three-quarters of all trampoline injuries occur when multiple kids are jumping simultaneously.
  • Attempted somersaults and flips are often the cause of cervical spine injuries with permanent injury, according to the AAP.

The most common injuries sustained on trampolines include:

  • Broken bones
  • Head injuries and/or concussions
  • Sprains and strains
  • Cuts, scrapes and bruises
  • Head and neck injuries resulting in paralysis or death

Due to the severity of some of these injuries, the AAP recommends never purchasing a trampoline for home use at all. If you already have a trampoline and want to keep using it, here are some safety rules that should be followed at all times:

  • Allow only one person to jump at a time.
  • Make sure the springs are covered.
  • Install a safety net around the perimeter of the trampoline.
  • Ensure the trampoline is set on level ground.
  • Avoid somersaults or flips.
  • Provide adult supervision at all times.

Injuries still occur despite adult supervision. Because of the overall risk, many homeowner’s insurance policies don’t cover a trampoline-related injury. Instead offer alternative, safer outdoor activities: Play Frisbee, go on a hike, play catch, go for a bike ride (wear that helmet), take a hike or play a team sport.

The absolute safest way to avoid trampoline injury? Stay off them. If you still have questions about trampoline safety, talk to your child’s pediatrician.