How to have fun with your trampoline and prevent injuries

This blog is courtesy of Elizabeth from Trampoline First.

“Hi, I’m Elizabeth, but everyone calls me Liz. I’m the proud mamma bear to my daughter Olivia, happy wife and creator of Trampoline First. I love throwing backyard parties in the summer for friends and family, playing with my kid and writing.”

Trampoline - Liz and baby

Trampolines are super fun, but that fun can be risky! While almost anyone can enjoy a trampoline safely, accidents can still happen to the most veteran of bouncers, which means everyone should know the best tricks for handling trampoline injuries.

Offering more than just a few fun bounces, trampolines are an easy way to get your kids outside and to be more active. If you need more reasons, just keep reading!

7 Reasons Why Trampolines Are Great For Kids

  1. They provide a fun and low-impact workout for young ones
  2. Trampolines can help kids strengthen abdominal, thigh, leg, and buttock muscles
  3. Your kids have a good excuse to spend more time outside
  4. Trampolines can teach children persistence and improve their self-esteem
  5. They can help develop flexibility and motor skills
  6. Posture can be improved with just a little time on the trampoline
  7. It’s perfect for kids of all ages

With any workout, mistakes or overuse could lead to an injury, and trampolining is no exception. To better understand how to avoid being injured, it’s helpful to know the most frequent causes of trampoline-related injury.

Trampolines - girl jumping

7 Common Causes of Trampoline-Related Injuries

  1. Bad landings
  2. Collisions
  3. Injuries from contact with rigid parts of the trampoline
  4. Trauma from somersaults
  5. Being catapulted off the trampoline by others
  6. Being catapulted off the trampoline while alone
  7. Defects in the trampoline

Knowing that more than 38% of people hurt themselves because of a bad landing, you can practice your landings to avoid making the same mistake!

Common Types of Injuries as a Result of Trampoline Use

  • Broken bones
  • Fractures
  • Concussions
  • Bruises, scrapes, and cuts
  • Sprains and strains
  • Head and neck injuries

How to prevent trampoline-related injuries

If you’re thinking of buying a trampoline, you can reduce future injury–for you and the kids–by knowing how people hurt themselves. Cause-and-effect can make the consequences fairly obvious. So, if 11% of the injuries are caused by a wiped somersault, you can warn others to be more careful with flips. Here are 6 simple ways you can make your trampoline safer:

  1. Make sure your trampoline is set up over grass or something soft–not concrete
  2. Place mats underneath and around the trampoline to add extra cushioning
  3. Install a trampoline net to minimize falls or catapulting outside/off the trampoline
  4. Make sure an adult is supervising at all times
  5. Check the trampoline regularly to ensure it is still safe for use
  6. Limit the number of jumpers

You can’t prevent every injury, but you can reduce the chances of someone getting hurt on your new trampoline. After all, more than 80% of kids injured on trampolines require surgery of some kind. It’s best to do everything you can to prevent that from happening!