Risk Factors for Trampoline-Associated Injury


Although trampolines are a lot of fun to use, numerous serious injuries occur every year in users. A number of risk factors are associated with many of these injuries.

Risk factors for injury in trampoline users:

(1) located at a home or playground

(2) more than 1 person using the trampoline at the same time, especially if one person is heavier than the others or if the users are pushing each other

(3) absence of adequate safety padding covering the entire suspension surface (frame and springs, gaps between springs)

(4) absence of adequate shock absorbing surface around the trampoline covering the maximum distance that a person can jump from its surface (at least 6 feet)

(5) falling on objects adjacent to the trampoline

(6) making high risk maneuvers, including flips and doing stunts

(7) child < 6 years of age

(8) lack of adequate supervision by someone experienced with trampolines

(9) jumping or falling off the trampoline rather than climbing down

(10) jumping onto someone on the ground (who is the one likely to be injured)

(11) intoxication in adolescents or adults

(12) failure to maintain adequately with mechanical failure

(13) failure to prevent access by unattended small children


• Many accidents occur while a parent or other adult is supervising the play.

• Trampoline use is best left to professionals (like on the Man's Show).


Committee on Injury and Poison Prevention and Committee on Sports Medicine and Fitness. American Academy of Pediatrics. Trampolines at home, school, and recreational centers. Pediatrics. 1999; 103: 1053-1056.

Smith GA, Shields BJ. Trampoline-related injuries to children. Arch Pediatrics Adolesc Med. 1998; 152: 694-699.