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Collection: How to Avoid Common Trampoline Injuries

What Are Some Common Trampoline Injuries & How They Can Be Prevented

Trampolines are great for children and adults alike with hours of fun to be had on the equipment. It’s excellent to keep children busy in the garden with their siblings and their friends. And the adults love to get involved too by jumping with their kids.

 

As well as providing lots of fun for children, it’s also an excellent way to boost your physical health. Jumping on the trampoline works all your muscles and burns an average of 500 calories for an hour of bouncing. A lot of people use trampolines to help them lose weight. For kids, it’s also a great way to get them to get outdoors and in the fresh air.

But while the trampoline is great for your family, it does come with a few potential risks. Here are the most common ways injuries tend to occur on the trampoline.

 

Why people end up with an injury

1. A trick which has gone wrong- a lot of kids want to show off their skill by trying a flip or a somersault. Unfortunately, these stunts often lead to a child falling off the trampoline and ending up with an injury

 

2. Falling off the trampoline- another common way children end up with an injury is by falling off the trampoline. This can lead to a minor, or in some cases, a major injury depending on how and what they fall onto.

 

3. Falling inside the trampoline- whether they fall on the springs, the frame or even on the mat, this can cause an injury to a child or adult.

These can happen if trampoline use is not conducted safely and securely. If you use the trampoline safely, these trampoline incidents don’t need to happen.

 

How to Avoid Common Trampoline Injuries:

 

#1. Avoid multiple jumpers

It’s very tempting to have more than one person jumping at a time on the trampoline. After all, kids love to jump with their siblings, friends or parent.

But if it’s designed for one person, multiple people using the trampoline at the same time can cause an incident. A high proportion of accidents do occur due to two or more people using a trampoline. Therefore, to avoid an accident occurring, make sure one child has a go at a time.

Let them queue up for a go and then they can take it in turns to use the trampoline to keep safe while jumping.

 

#2. Don’t leave them on their own

It’s also very important that you don’t leave the kids outside on their own on the trampoline. It can be tempted to do other jobs or get distracted while the kids are on the trampoline.

But if you are not supervising them on the trampoline, the kids might not jump sensibly and safely on the trampoline. A lot of kids end up falling on the trampoline while the adults are not watching.

Therefore, to ensure injuries don’t happen, it’s so important to keep an eye on the trampoline when in use.

 

#3. Ensure the trampoline is clear

It’s so important that you do a quick check of the trampoline before you let your children start bouncing. You don’t want them to end up injured as they have landed on a leftover toy.

Also, debris might fall on the trampoline overnight and end up causing your child to get injured, so do make sure to check it and clear it if necessary.

 

#4. Check for issues with the trampoline

You should also make sure you check the trampoline is in good condition before your kids jump on it. There might be issues such as the springs have lost their protective padding and need replacing before your kids start bouncing.

It’s also important to look for any tears or rips which could lead the kids to have an accident. Regularly checking the trampoline means any issues can be resolved quickly before they become a hazard for your child.

 

#5. Add a net to the trampoline

A lot of the round trampolines that are mostly used in gardens come with a safety net.

They are ideal when small children are using the trampoline. With one of the nets in place, it stops them from falling off the trampoline and causing an injury. The net protects them and ensures they stay on the trampoline.

Therefore, to prevent a fall that could lead to a serious injury, if the trampoline has no net, it’s worth looking into one of these. They tend to come in varying sizes so that you can buy the right one for your trampoline.

 

#6. Ensure they safely enter and exit the trampoline

 

A lot of accidents tend to occur when entering or exiting the trampoline. They fall and then an injury can occur if they don’t do it safely. Therefore, to ensure they don’t incur a severe injury such as a neck or head injury, you need to find a way to safely enter the trampoline. It might be a good idea to use a ladder to enter the trampoline.

Instead of climbing or jumping onto the trampoline, they can then safely get on and off the trampoline. You can find different sized ladders to fit the trampoline accurately.

 

#7. Place the trampoline in a safe area

Make sure that you put the trampoline in a safe area before letting the kids start to bounce.

You need to ensure the ground is level where you place the trampoline so that it can’t fall while the kids are using it. Also, ensure it’s far away from trees and plants so that the kids can’t hit the branches when bouncing.

#8. Set some sensible ground rules with your kids.

And remember to talk to your kids about the potential risks before letting them bounce. Set some ground rules so that they are sensible and stay safe while bouncing.

 

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