IdentificationA mini trampoline is, as the name implies, a smaller version of a trampoline. It's generally 36 to 38 inches in diameter and about a foot off the ground. Other names for it are a jogging trampoline or exercise trampoline.
MisconceptionsPeople have long known about the dangers of trampolines, but there's a misconception that those dangers are non-existent with mini trampolines. If you imagine the danger of a trampoline to be related to falls from the surface to the ground, it's easy to believe that's eliminated with a mini trampoline, which is so short. The problem is, falls from the surface are only one of the dangers involved. Most trampoline injuries are caused by other issues.
StudyIn 2005, Pediatrics magazine released a report on a study of injuries sustained on mini trampolines compared to full-sized trampolines. The Center for Injury Research, along with other groups from Columbus, Ohio, studied data released by the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System. Specifically, they studied injuries requiring treatment sustained on mini and full-sized trampolines between 1990 and 2002. They were looking for comparisons between types of injuries, seriousness of injuries and age of those injured.
ResultsThe study found little reason to believe mini trampolines are safer than full-sized trampolines. Most injuries on the mini trampoline were caused by falls on the surface of the trampoline. Most of these injuries occurred at home.
The most common injuries in children under age six were head lacerations. Children in that age group actually got hurt on mini trampolines more often than on full-sized trampolines. For children over age six, the most common injuries were strains or sprains in the lower extremities.
It does seem true that when children are injured on trampolines, the injuries from mini trampolines are less serious than those from full-sized trampolines. None of the children with mini trampoline injuries needed to be admitted to the hospital, while 5 percent of those injured on a full-sized trampoline were admitted.