For decades, trampolines have provided many hours of exercise and fun for children and adults. Even so, the gymnastic and backyard trampoline equipment can be extremely dangerous, causing accidents that sometimes lead to emergency room visits, and lifelong medical issues. Every year, a significant number of injuries ranging from broken bones and minor cuts to severe spinal cord injuries have been the result of using a trampoline.
Many doctors and associations discourage the use of recreational trampoline equipment because of its close ties to catastrophic injury. Using the trampoline properly might not result in injury. However, most users are unaware of how to properly use a trampoline, including the crucial fact that only one person should use the equipment at a time. This is because multiple users on the trampoline at the same time add forces generated by heavier individuals. Multiple jumpers cause “double bouncing” or “double jumping” placing extreme pressure on every individual’s spinal cord that can lead to injuries or fracture.