Trampolines look great fun, and we all know how much kids love to bounce, but is it worth the risk of a life destroying injury?

I looked at the statistics around the dangers of trampolines and what I found was truly shocking.

  • Trampoline injuries alone make up for 50% of all admissions to A&E for children under 14
  • More than 13,000 trampolining injuries are treated in A&E every year in England 
  • Almost ¾ of these trampoline injuries happened at home 
  • 19% of all trampolining injuries were deemed by clinicians to be among the most serious triage injuries requiring urgent medical attention
  • Every year more than 300 ambulances are called to supervised trampoline parks 

And that’s not the half of it!

In the worst-case scenarios, kids end up with spinal cord injuries, disabling head traumas, paralysis or are even killed. The younger or smaller a child is, the more likely they are to get seriously hurt.

One in 200 trampoline accidents will lead to a child suffering permanent neurological damage. At 13,000 injuries every year, around 65 children in the UK will be left with a serious injury that will permanently affect their lives and the lives of their families.

Top bone surgeon, Amir Ali Qureshi, from the University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust says "In my opinion, as an experienced orthopaedic surgeon, the equipment is dangerous and should only be used under professional supervision.”

He said that injuries were common, even with trampolines that come with safety netting. "Some of these injuries are simply unpleasant, but others can be extremely serious” he added “The issue at the moment, particularly where young people are involved, is that the use of nets gives children and their parents a false sense of security that they will be fine whatever the level and intensity of activity on a trampoline.”

In conclusion;

Trampolining is an extremely dangerous activity, especially for children. Adult supervision, purchasing quality equipment and safety netting are just not suitable preventions for a serious accident.

Broken necks, spinal injuries, disabling head trauma, dislocated bones and serious brakes are common, and these injuries can be life changing. In my opinion as a parent, it’s just not worth the risk for my children.

Lets be honest... playing on any activity equipment carries some risk and we can’t wrap our children in cotton wool, but the statistics show that trampolines are so dangerous that it’s definitely not a risk worth taking. Health experts suggest that you consider much safer alternatives such as a bouncy castle, slide or swing set before you decide to buy a trampoline.

It would be great to hear your thoughts and experiences on the dangers of trampolines.

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