What You Must Know About Trampoline Safety

Tumbling on the trampoline caught on like wildfire in the

early 1960s, and still enjoys great popularity today, but

the sport also still involves the same potential dangers.

Trampolines in the last 45 years have gone from being an

institutional or recreation center piece of equipment, to

something that is found in many homes, in a variety of

sizes and quality.

From a simple, round trampoline of relatively small

dimensions, to the large, outdoor models sold for family

fun, every trampoline represents the possibility of injury,

if not used properly, or if used by those not experienced

in tumbling or acrobatics.

Here are some simple tips to make your sure that you enjoy

the fun of a trampoline, while eliminating many of the


* Placement

Never set up even a small, exercise trampoline indoors

where there is a risk of hitting light fixtures or the

ceiling. Outdoors, place trampolines well away from

clotheslines, tree limbs, fences, outdoor furniture, and

other objects that can cause injury when someone falls off.

If at all possible, secure your trampoline by setting its

legs/supports down into the ground, thereby reducing the

distance of a fall. At the same time, it’s advisable to

provide padding to a depth of 10″ or more, for at least 10′

around the trampoline.

* Clothing

Anyone using the trampoline should wear clothing loose

enough to allow freedom of movement, but not the chance

that limbs could become entangled in extra folds. Jewelry

should be removed before getting on, as should the contents

of any pockets, and eyeglasses that are not secured by a

headband. If you do not have trampoline footwear, then bare

feet are best, as socks can cause you to slip.

* Training and Supervision

No child or adult, should be allowed to attempt complicated

tumbling such as summersaults, when they have not had

adequate training. Incorrect landing positions can cause

serious and disabling injuries. Supervision should be

provided for everyone who is learning to use a trampoline

for the first time.

Ideally, there should be someone on hand who can instruct

them in simple maneuvers, and who is also versed in first

aid for injuries. Alternately, it may benefit everyone, to

join a gym for a class in proper trampoline use, including

mounts and dismounts.

* One At a Time

The chance of injury soars when more than one person gets

on a trampoline at the same time. This can be the result of

collisions, or upsetting another person’s balance, causing

them to fall. Unless you are a trained “spotter”, all

others waiting a turn, should stand away from the

trampoline while someone else is using it.