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Trampoline Safety

Handsprings, back flips, tucks and other thrilling trampoline tricks appear magical when performed by Olympic athletes or professional gymnasts. Youngsters, on the other hand, could suffer broken bones and brain injuries if they try to emulate the professionals. And, if their trampoline jumps are conducted in unsafe settings, even the simplest moves can bring serious injury.

Because of the rise in interest in the sport, the number of backyard trampolines and trampoline parks are growing. At home, parents are in charge of keeping their kids from harming themselves. Sometimes, though, even the most vigilant mom or dad can’t stop a child who takes risks.
Trampoline parks are another story for they must have rules in place to curb injuries. When those rules are broken, though, trips to emergency rooms can be the result.

As example, we've been retained by two Chicago families to prepare lawsuits against the owners of two trampoline parks. Our suit claims that the parks failed to follow their own safety rules by allowing more than one child to jump at the same time. The result of this negligence: two children with leg fractures.

The injuries sustained by the youngsters in our case are a small sample of accidents reported at the warehouse parks in two suburban locations. The Chicago Tribune, in a May 19, 2011 article, revealed the high number of emergency calls for “trauma ranging from broken ankles and dislocated shoulders to a head injury.”

Members of the healthcare field, and professional gymnasts, have joined critics of trampoline parks. Mark Sohn, a former member of the U.S. gymnastics team who insures gymnastics facilities is quoted in the Chicago Tribune article as saying he, “won’t sell the coverage to trampoline parks because...they don’t have adequate training and supervision.”

While our case involves a trampoline park, parents should be aware pediatricians aren’t keen on home trampolines either. A member of the Mayo Clinic staff (March 16, 2011) warned, "falling off a trampoline or using a trampoline incorrectly can result in ... potentially serious head and neck injuries...The best response to a child's request for a home trampoline," he says, "is no."

Published by the Chicago personal injury attorneys at Romanucci & Blandin
Trampoline Safety
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) recommends routine observation of the following guidelines:
  • Use of trampolines for physical education, competitive gymnastics, diving training and other similar activities requires careful adult supervision and proper safety measures.
  • Trampolines should not be used for unsupervised recreational activity.
  • Competent adult supervision and instruction is needed for children at all times.
  • Only one participant should use a trampoline at any time.
  • Spotters should be present when participants are jumping. Somersaults or high-risk maneuvers should be avoided without proper supervision and instruction; these maneuvers should be done only with proper use of protective equipment, such as a harness.
  • The trampoline-jumping surface should be placed at ground level.
  • The supporting bars, strings and surrounding landing surfaces should have adequate protective padding.
  • Equipment should be checked regularly for safety conditions.
  • Safety net enclosures may give a false sense of security - most injuries occur on the trampoline surface.
  • Trampolines are not recommended for children under 6 years of age.
  • Make sure trampoline ladders are removed after use to prevent unsupervised access by young children.
Source: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

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