Children of all ages love using a trampoline and it is a great way of supporting physical development in the outdoors. There are some important things to consider if you choose to use a trampoline in your childcare setting, especially to reduce the risk of accidents and injury. Hospital Emergency Departments (A&E) are now dealing with increasing numbers of trampolining injuries.
Some key points for keeping children safe
- Trampolining isn’t suitable for children under the age of six because they’re not sufficiently physically developed to control their bouncing. All children should be supervised when on the trampoline.
- Trampolining injuries can occur to all parts of the body, including the neck, arms, legs, face and head. Head and neck injuries are the most serious injuries associated with trampolines. The most common injuries are caused by awkward landings and include sprains or fractures to the wrist, forearm, elbow and collarbone.
ROSPA have a range of advice covering safety, buying the right trampoline, where to put it, checking and keeping it safe and rules for use.