Mini Trampoline Injuries

Mini Trampoline Injuries

Identification

A 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.

Misconceptions

People 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.

Study

In 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.

Results

The 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.

Prevention/Solution

It seems wise to follow the recommendation of the American Academy of Pediatrics and view all trampolines as training equipment rather than as toys. This is especially true for children under age six. If you allow your older children to play on trampolines, make sure they are closely supervised at all times. Most children love to bounce, and if your child falls in that category, you may have considered buying a trampoline for him. If you're worried about his safety on a trampoline, you may think a mini trampoline is a safer alternative. Think again. A recent study shows that mini trampolines can be just as dangerous as their full-sized counterparts.