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Trampolines for children - consider this to avoid injury

You are very many who wanted a post about children and trampoline. To be able to write this I have taken the help of my friend and colleague Samara who works at the surgical / orthopedic pediatric ward. A fantastic toy that makes it fun to move but also provides good stamina and coordination training. Compared to many leisure activities, it is cheap and can be used by many children (and adults) of different ages.

Risks with trampoline for children

Well, the risk of injury is relatively large, and the damage is sometimes complicated. The most common are fractures of various kinds, especially in wrists, fingers, elbows and ankles. The latter is common when the foot gets stuck on the edge of the trampoline and may require both surgery and long, cumbersome healing time. Neck injuries can result from unsuccessful tensions and jumps. Concussion, abdominal injury with a broken spleen or liver is uncommon and occurs mainly when the trampoline lacks a safety net so the child flies off. Little siblings who want to do as advanced volts as the older children, but who have poorer coordination, are easily hurt. Little siblings who are jumped on by big brother shoes as well.

So. Is it reasonable to scrap the trampoline and return to the jump rope and twistband to encourage outdoor movement? No, I think! Trampolines are far too good and too fun to be banned. However, you can significantly reduce the risk of injury with some simple precautions. The injuries that still occur tend to be much less so if you follow them.

  • Never jump on a trampoline without a full safety net!
  • Just jump one by one! Applies to both children and parents. A child who falls and slides under a jumping adult is not a winning concept.
  • No shoes on the trampoline!
  • No toys or other items on the trampoline! It can cause serious damage if you accidentally land on them, which is not uncommon at all.

Don't forget the safety net!


Jumping safely on a trampoline is not at all complicated, but easy to forget when having fun. Therefore, an adult needs to be nearby who can remind. With that said, get out and jump!

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15 thoughts on “Studsmatta till barn – tänk på det här för att slippa skador”

  1. Hey!
    Here at home we have bought a very ordinary fence and stretched around the lower part of the trampoline. No one in our vicinity has thought of or has nets on the lower part. Haven't seen it sold in any store either.
    anyway it is super easy to attach with regular cable ties 🙂
    Well, the 1.5-year-old is protected when the big siblings jump 🙂

  2. Also, make sure that the cords and ropes to the safety net are attached or seated on the outside. Although it is a great protection, it was a child who unfortunately, fastened and stripped of the string a couple of years ago.

  3. Just discovered this blog and I guess I will be a loyal reader, very good blog! If you can publish a post about children and sun protection before the holidays, I would be happy.

  4. For some reason I would like to add that my friends should never be UNDER the trampoline ...

    Thought it was a matter of course for 10-year-olds and therefore did not intend to inform about it. But oh so I was deceiving.

    Thanks for a really good blog. Hug!

  5. Hey!
    I am a colleague of Cecilia and Lina and have the somewhat "odd" merit of having worked as a trampoline instructor for many gentlemen's years. There are few activities that are just as fun and fun as jumping the trampoline (what is commonly called trampoline, not swimming). My experience both as a practitioner and as an instructor is that it is extremely common to have some painful pain in the lower chest and lower back when you are above jumping. The load on the pellet pillar is probably quite large and it is extremely important that you are strong in the trunk and actively maintain a good posture to reduce the risk of injury. Our jumpers are always allowed to exercise strength training (using only their own body weight as resistance) in connection with their trampoline training.
    Of course, we who are using the trampoline "for real" think it is fun that so many others have now also caught the eye of this gymnastics branch MEN in general, we are not undeniably positive to garden trampoline, just because:
    1. Anyone who sets up the trampoline usually has no experience with trampoline jumping and how small jumping children can be pushed off the carpet. Too often you see trampolines standing on sloping ground, right next to large stones, sharp fences, trees, etc. Sometimes there is no protection over the springs (they are very nasty to get caught in, both with arms, legs and hair).
    2. There should always be an adult / responsible teenager who oversees the person who jumps. Unfortunately, this person often shines with his absence. The guardian should have some experience with trampolines and know how to prevent anyone from flying or catching that person without damaging the straight self or the person in question.
    3. A person on the carpet. No exceptions. Unfortunately, at all times, it is always turned off.
    4. Children are allowed to try volts / saltomortals etc without having learned this at all.
    5. Practical clothing that flies up over the face / head and causes the child to not look properly. It is very difficult to keep the balance if you do not see. The cords, straps that can get caught in the springs and cause terrible damage to the baby. Shoes should not be worn as there is a much greater risk of wriggling or even breaking the foot.
    6. Very rarely do very young children jump. As a rule, we had that the children needed to be so big that they could take and follow instructions and have a good look at the motorcycle before they could start jumping in our association. Small children have very large and heavy heads in relation to the rest of the body, the balance is like that…

    But it's SO fun to jump! 🙂 My recommendation is that you as a parent make sure that the child can walk and learn how to jump the trampoline in one of Sweden's many gymnastics clubs and that as a parent you make sure to learn how to fit the trampoline.
    During all my years as a practitioner and trainer I have seen many badly bruised feet, several broken noses, two broken necks (!!!), a really ugly elbow fracture, several concussions, etc. And this has been on Olympic trampolines, with talented and experienced gymnasts, even more experienced trainers…
    This became a long post (and I could write even more) but in summary: the trampoline is the most fun thing there is, but you have to have respect for the forces the jumping is exposed to. If you want to learn volts and screws, you have to make sure you learn from someone who knows this and knows how to teach. We use passports, dampening carpets, lons in learning such exercises. And you have to learn step by step, this cannot be emphasized enough.
    Thank you! 🙂

  6. When I entered high school, it was a guy in my grade who fell off a trampoline on a class trip. He was dying, cracking his back in some way. He was allowed to walk with his back in a steel post for a year. So never jump without a safety net!

  7. though it seems that toddlers also go under the trampoline when someone jumps if you don't have a net down to the ground ... and thus get jumped on ... usch usch usch

    1. Netting all the way down became a matter of course when we heard about a big brother who jumped and the little 2 or 3 year old who went in under the neck! Hadn't thought of that safety aspect before! But as you wrote, netting all the way down is preferred!

  8. Hi Cecilia! Great that you write about trampoline mats! My children have now finally been given a trampoline after several years of nagging. We have had it for almost 2 weeks and now both children complain that they have back pain, in the lower vertebrae. Have you ever heard of getting hurt in the back by jumping on the trampoline? What are they doing wrong to get this injury? They have not done any volts or other arts, only jumped up and down. Regards, Andrea 🙂

    1. I always got a headache throughout my lower back when I was a child the first few weeks and I still get it after the first days of bouncing. (Is 30 now :-)) Doesn't really feel like a normal workout pain but worse, think it's because it takes quite a lot on abdominal muscles. Or I'm the one who jumps wild for got a congestion fracture in the toe too ...

  9. Our children have cousins in England. Where they live, it is expected that the children take a so-called trampoline course before they get a large trampoline at home in the garden. Do not know if it is the municipality is similar that organizes this. They go through a few lessons, learn about safety, what you get and don't get, and so few fun tips along the way. I think it's great!

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