That common backyard toy your kids continue to ask you for is more than just a toy; trampolines are a money pit and injury waiting to happen.
In 2013 alone there were more than 286,000 reported injuries due to trampolines including broken bones, spinal injuries, and head injuries. Ninety percent of the injuries were from kids ages 5-13. You might believe adult supervision and safety nets could reduce these injuries but that is not the case. One third of these injuries occurred while under adult supervision and there is no data showing that trampoline netting helps reduce injuries.
What’s the cost of all of this? In 2014, trampoline injuries had an economic cost of $9 BILLION from medical and legal cost to time off of work and pain and suffering.
Listen in as Kevin King discusses the hazards and risks of backyard trampolines. He’ll also discuss how trampoline parks are equally dangerous and what steps you have to take to stay safe if you are determined to keep a backyard trampoline.
Want more information on the hazards of trampolines? Review these articles and position statements.
Trampoline Park and Home Trampoline Injuries from the American Academy of Pediatrics
Trampoline Safety in Childhood Adolescence from the American Academy of Pediatrics
Trampolines and Trampoline Safety from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Trampolines Are Dangerous Even with Nets from momsTeam
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