Backyard Trampoline Safety

AMERICAN ACADAMY OF PEDIATRICS
The AAP recommends that trampolines never be used in the home environment
or on outdoor playgrounds.  Trampolines should only be used in supervised training programs for gymnastics, diving and other competitive sports. 
The latest available data shows that 83,400 trampoline related injuries
occurred in 1999.  That is 140% higher than in 1990.

What you should know about Trampolines
Using a trampoline is promoted as fun, however, the growing popularity of trampolines among 8 year olds to adults is resulting in
a dramatic increase in serious injuries including broken necks,
spinal cord injuries, and disabling head traumas.  In addition, trampolines are responsible for many less serious injuries such as broken bones in the arms and legs, as well as different types of dislocations and muscle damage.

SAFETY NETS
Parents are often led to believe that trampoline enclosures will keep their kids safe.  Only 1/3 of injuries come from falling off the trampoline.  The majority come from landing the wrong way, colliding with another jumper, or hitting the frame.

HOMEOWNERS INSURANCE
Does your homeowners insurance cover a backyard trampoline?  More and more insurance companies are not covering trampolines, due to the high number of injuries.  If safety is a concern for you, make sure you inform everyone what your rules are.

THE DO’S AND DON’TS OF TRAMPOLINE SAFETY
DO:
*Land properly- The rebound is dangerous
*Stay in control- Bounce in the center
*Bounce one at a time
*Have spotters- Teach them how to spot
*Check equipment- Make sure everying
is in working order
DON’T:
*Bounce off the trampoline
*Put the trampoline on a hill- Keep it on
a flat surface
*Put sprinklers under the trampoline or use
it when it is wet.
*Flip without proper gymnastic training

FLIPPING
There are many guidelines to follow before flipping.  A 3/4  drop is a safety precaution and progression before attempting a complete flip.  There are many progressions designed to increase body awareness to make flipping safer.   A trampoline class will teach this.

Before attempting anything on any trampoline, you should remember these three things:
1.  Control you bounce and stay in the center
2.  Learn to ‘kill’ the bounce (stop) by bending your knees
3.  Jump one at a time.  More than half of all injuries occur when two or more people use
the trampoline simultaneously, according to the CDC.

These sample skills are for body awareness and progression towards harder skills.  Please consult a certified trampoline training facility before attempting harder skills such as flipping.
JUMPS:   Tuck (touch your knees) , Straddle (jump feet apart and quickly back together), 1/2 Turn.
POSITIONS:   Seat drop (on your bottom, legs straight in front), Doggie Drop (hands and knees).