Report Warns of Trampoline Dangers


"Haven't jumped since on a trampoline, or one of those air-bounce houses," said Amaral. She said she tried to jump shortly after her injury but was too frightened that she'd hurt herself again. Amaral said she didn't plan on ever owning a trampoline again in the future.

However, it's more likely that many who have been hurt will jump again, and the renewed policy may not change many minds.

"We acknowledge the fact that people are going to continue to use trampolines," said Briskin.

To minimize risk, LaBotz recommended having one jumper at a time and avoiding any stunts and somersaults.

"The key thing to not do is to not let there be more than one person on the mat at the same time, especially of different sizes," said LaBotz. "It's the recoil of the mat that produces the greatest impact, especially on the smallest child."

Trampolines, which typically have a five-year warranty, should be inspected regularly. In most cases, the netting and padding only have a one-year life span before they begin to wear and tear.

"I just tell parents that not everything that's fun is safe," she said. "People need to think twice before using a trampoline."

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