Consumer Product Safety Commission and the American Academy of Pediatrics report the dangers of children using trampolines and main causes of injury and prevention.
In 2004, the CPSC reported that more than 89,000 people went to the emergency room for treatment of injuries received while jumping on the trampoline.
According to the AAP, the main causes of injury are colliding with another person on the trampoline, landing improperly while jumping or doing stunts, falling or jumping off the trampoline and falling on the springs or frame.
Injuries can include broken bones, concussions and other head injuries, sprains, strains, bruises, scrapes, cuts, and perhaps worst of all, neck and spinal cord injuries that can result in paralysis or death.
AAP advises that adult supervision and safety equipment can help prevent trampoline injuries. The number one precaution advised is one person on the trampoline at a time, but is often ignored.
Additional safety precautions are that beginners should wear elbow and knee pads and safety harnesses, no jewelry or belts with buckles, no dangling items and place the trampoline away from obstructions and use ground mats to soften a fall.
Place the trampoline in an enclosure with a locking gate and consider a trampoline screen. Never place the trampoline near sidewalks or other hard surfaces.
The AAP also reported that no somersaults should be allowed, they are the leading cause of paralysis. The trampoline should be well maintained at all times.
Before the children head to neighbors to play, make sure children are supervised and safety equipment is installed, if a trampoline is present.