There’s No Such Thing as a Safe Trampoline

With Spring here, your children want to go outside and play, and perhaps want you to buy a trampoline. Kids love bouncing on them — and they’re good exercise, too.

Resist the temptation to buy one

Trampolines aren’t safe, according to a study at Children’s Medical Center, and UT Southwestern Medical Centers and Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. After surveying 300 Children’s patients who suffered trampoline-related injuries, researchers determined that trampoline safety guidelines recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons aren’t effective enough.

On trampolines, children still break bones at the same rate even with protective measures like padding and net walls. “We didn’t find there was any difference in the severity or frequency of injuries between children who followed the trampoline safety measures and the ones who didn’t,” says Christine Ho, M.D., the pediatric orthopaedic surgeon at Children’s who led the study. “The take-away message: There is no such thing as a safe trampoline.”

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