In September 1977, the Academy published a statement calling for a ban on the use of trampolines in schools because of the high number of quadriplegic injuries caused by this apparatus.1 A considerable amount of thought and action resulted. The Academy does not endorse trampoline use, but a revision of the Academy's position to allow for a trial period of limited and controlled use by schools seems appropriate. However, careful assessment of the incidence and severity of injury must continue during this trial period.
The trampoline is a potentially dangerous apparatus, and its use demands the following precautions:
1. The trampoline should not be a part of routine physical education classes.
2. The trampoline has no place in competitive sports.
3. The trampoline should never be used in home or recreational settings.
4. Highly trained personnel who have been instructed in all aspects of trampoline safety must be present, when the apparatus is used.
5. Maneuvers, especially the somersault, that have a high potential for serious injury should be attempted only by those qualified to become skilled performers.
6. The trampoline must be secured when not in use, and it must be well maintained.
7. Only schools or sports activities complying with the foregoing recommendations should have trampolines.
- Copyright © 1981 by the American Academy of Pediatrics