But if you have one, here’s how to reduce the high risk of injury sending kids to emergency every summer.
Based on the high rates of injury on trampolines in Alberta every summer, the University of Alberta’s Injury Prevention Centre would like to see the devices banned except for gymnastic training.
“Trampolines are marketed to parents as a good way for their kids to be outside and get physical activity. But unless there is an appropriate level of supervision, and kids know how to use them safely, they are a recipe for disaster,” said Kathy Belton, the centre’s associate director.
According to a review the centre conducted of injury statistics in Alberta from 2011 to 2014, there were 2,276 trampoline-related emergency department visits.
Overall, children between five and nine years old had the highest risk of a trampoline-related emergency department visit (36.7 per cent), followed by children aged 10 to 14 (26.6 per cent) and c...