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As a Chicago personal injury lawyer, I see firsthand the atrocities associated with trampoline usage.  It seems no matter how many times families are presented with statistics about scary trampoline injuries, many parents are simply unwilling to take a trampoline out of their backyard.  So the question remains, if we can’t convince people to remove trampolines, should we simply advocate a safer product?

What child has not at one point or another begged their parents for a trampoline? And who can blame them? If jumping on a bed is fun, jumping on a spring-loaded device made to propel you in the air and bounce you back up again is a riot. Unfortunately, the injury statistics for trampolines over the last few decades have also proved that it is also extremely unsafe. Strides have been made to make the trampoline safer for home use, but have these attempts been successful?

Trampoline Injuries

In 2010, the Consumer Product Safety Commissions (CPSC) NEISS (National Electronic Injury Surveillance System) reported 92,159 injuries related to trampolines. Over 80% of these were in children 14 years and younger. 3507 of these injuries resulted in hospitalization or were DOA at the hospital. The statistics are staggering considering that regardless of the hype of trampoline safety concerns and companies adding “safety” features such as netting, the amount of injuries is still very high.

The majority of trampoline injuries, 52%, occur from participants falling off the trampoline itself. 31% are reported to happen from hitting the springs or the frame. The other 17% are from hitting another person on the device. Basically, 83% are attributed to the trampolines design and the rest are from multiple persons jumping at the same time.

Safety Features Of Newer Trampolines

Starting in 1999, after many consumer complaints and a call from the American Association of Pediatrics to have trampolines banned, the International Trampoline Industry Association (ITIA) worked with the American Society for Testing & Materials (ASTM) to increase safety standards. Over the next few years, standards were improved to make sure springs & frame were padded, no ladders were sold with trampolines, netting, and warnings against unsafe practices, such as allowing children under 6 and having multiple jumpers, were added. Despite these changes, the numbers of injuries have not significantly reduced. In fact, there were more trampoline injuries in 2010 than there were in 2002.

New Designs

One company has gone further in the development of creating a “safe” trampoline then many of its predecessors. SpringFree Trampolines have designed their products to address the safety issues, creating a trampoline with no “springs” in the traditional sense, upgrading the padding and mat material design and also creating an enclosure that is an integral part of the structure. On paper, it has addressed the main concerns and safety issues associated with trampoline injuries. They tout themselves as the “World’s Safest Trampoline”. Other trampoline companies have improved their safety designs as well, including the AlleyOop, who also claim to be #1 in safety.

Whether these new trampolines have really made the sport safe still remains to be seen. These products have been around for close to a decade yet trampoline injuries are still as high as they were ten years ago. The designs have been improved, but the numbers of injuries, unfortunately, are still the same.

Of course the warmer weather excites me after suffering through another winter.  For all of the Springtime excitement, I cringe when I see people dragging the trampolines that had been sitting idly in the dark confines of their yard into the prime real estate of the backyards.

Common dangers going ignored

Without a second thought, many parents will drag out trampolines of all types into use for their children to jump, flop and somersault on during the summer.

Unknowingly, many parents are bringing out a device which is likely the single most dangerous part of their entire home.  Trampoline injuries send close to 100,000 people to the hospital ever year for injuries ranging from cuts to fractures to significant cervical and lumbar injuries.

Trampoline safety measures

The prevalence of trampoline injuries has caused the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons to issue a set of safety recommendations to help reduce the number of people who require their services.

  • Always use the trampoline with adult supervision
  • Use spotters
  • Only attempt acrobatic maneuvers with the use of a safety harness and training
  • Only allow one person to use the trampoline at a time
  • Do not allow children under 6 on the trampoline
  • Keep the trampoline on firm, level ground
  • Remove ladders from the trampoline when not in use to restrict children from accessing without an adult

Hopefully, parents will taken note of these trampoline safety suggestions before their children take to the springs.

Attorneys who prosecute trampoline injuries

Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have successfully represented children and adults who have suffered serious trampoline injuries.  If you suffered a trampoline accident at the home of a friend or relative or at a trampoline park, we may be able to help you recover monetary damages for your injuries.  Contact our trampoline injury lawyers today to discuss your situation and free case evaluation.