Radiology

Trampolines Cause Sprains, Strains and Contusions

Trampolines are a popular recreational activity among children and teenagers; however, injuries are not uncommon. Young children are at the greatest risk of injury, the most common of which include sprains, strains and contusions. Broken bones and even more serious injuries to the head and spine are possible. Injuries are more often seen when more than one person is using the trampoline at a time. We at Cincinnati Children’s commonly see shin or tibial fractures located just below the knee joint, particularly in 2-5 year olds. This is the result of a heavier person jumping with a smaller child. The smaller child lands on the upward-moving trampoline mat with impaction force on the smaller child lower legs.

Photo: Broken ankle and fibula from trampoline accident.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has strongly advised against the recreational use of trampolines since 1999.


The report includes key recommendations for pediatricians and parents, including: 

  • Pediatricians should advise parents and children against recreational trampoline use. 
  • Current data on netting and other safety equipment indicates no reduction in injury rates.
  • Failed attempts at somersaults and flips frequently cause cervical spine injuries, resulting in permanent and devastating consequences.
  • Homeowners with a trampoline should verify that their insurance covers trampoline injury-related claims.
  • Rules and regulations for trampoline parks may not be consistent with the AAP guidelines. 
  • Trampolines used for a structured sports training program should always have appropriate supervision, coaching, and safety measures in place.

-AAP Advises Against Recreational Trampoline Use


Trampolines are popular and can be a fun recreational activity. However, very serious injuries do occur even when the child is under close supervision despite the use of net and padding.

Contributed by Dr. Christopher G. Anton and edited by Michelle Gramke , (ADV TECH-ULT).

Michelle Gramke

About the Author: Michelle Gramke

Michelle is a Sonographer and has worked at Cincinnati Children’s for almost 26 years. She loves her job and loves working with kids. She is a lifetime Westsider (a person that lives on the west side of Cincinnati) and is married with 3 kids.

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