Preventing Accidental Injury.
KDHE Office of Communications
Topeka, Kan. — If you asked a child what superpower they would like to have, one answer is often the chance to fly. Trampolines attract many kids in their ability to give them the chance to float through the air, even if just for just a second. However, a trampoline is not a toy and can be incredibly dangerous.
“While most trampoline injuries are muscle injuries or broken legs, not fatalities, we also see serious head and neck injuries,” says Cherie Sage, State Director for Safe Kids Kansas. “A concussion or an upper spine injury can be devastating to a child.”
In 2004, approximately 93,000 children ages 14 and under were treated in U.S. emergency rooms for trampoline-related injuries — up from nearly 83,400 in 1996. More than 90 percent of these injuries happened on home trampolines, and Safe Kids Kansas joins the American Academy of Pediatrics in recommending that children do not use trampolines at home.
Based on the AAP’s guidelines, Safe Kids Kansas recommends that trampolines be used only as part of a supervised athletic training program such as competitive gymnastics, and not at home, at school or on playgrounds. In addition, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recommends that no children under 6 years old use a full-size trampoline. Safe Kids Kansas supports both recommendations.
Safe Kids Kansas cautions parents and caregivers to look for these features in a supervised trampoline program:
“Remember, these guidelines are for organized training programs led by qualified trainers with proper safety measures. A trampoline is not a toy and kids should not have access to one at home,” says Sage.
Although many trampoline injuries involve aerial stunts, falling onto the ground or floor, or landing on the springs or frame, more than half of trampoline injuries involve colliding with another jumper. “As you add more jumpers on a trampoline, the risk of injury to the participants increases,” says Sage. “Even trampoline manufacturers say there shouldn’t be more than one person on the trampoline at a time.”
For more information about sports and recreation safety, call 785-296-1223 or visit www.usa.safekids.org.
Safe Kids Kansas, Inc. is a nonprofit Coalition of over 70 statewide organizations and businesses dedicated to preventing accidental injuries to Kansas children ages 0-14. Local coalitions and chapters are located in Allen, Anderson, Atchison, Clay, Coffey, Dickinson, Doniphan, Douglas, Elk, Ellis, Finney, Ford, Franklin, Geary, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Labette, Leavenworth, Marion, Marshall, McPherson, Meade, Mitchell, Montgomery, Osage, Pottawatomie, Rice, Riley, Saline, Smith, Shawnee, Wilson and Woodson Counties, as well as the cities of Chanute, Emporia, Leavenworth, Pittsburg, the Wichita Area (including Butler, Harvey, Sumner and Sedgwick counties) and the Metro Kansas City Area (Wyandotte county and several Missouri counties.) Safe Kids Kansas a member of Safe Kids Worldwide, a global network of organizations whose mission is to prevent accidental childhood injury. The lead agency for Safe Kids Kansas is the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.
Visit us at www.safekidskansas.org.