On 24 September 2012, the American Association of Pediatrics again recommended against recreational trampoline use. The doctors found that most trampoline injuries are due to three factors: low quality materials, falling off the trampoline, or striking the springs or frame. The study also found that despite the trampoline enclosure being introduced in 1997, enclosures have not significantly reduced the number of trampoline injuries.
There may be a reason for this. We reviewed the trampoline manuals for many popular home trampolines which cost around $500 or less. What we found in the warning pages may explain why youth trampoline injuries are still a source of more than 100,000 emergency room visits in the U.S. every year. Below are some of the more troubling statements we found along with our initial reactions.
WARNING: Do not touch or rebound off the safety enclosure mesh while using the trampoline.
Question: How exactly do you keep children from ever touching the enclosure mesh?
Warning Information…frame pads or spring covers on their own do not give adequate protection against injury.
YAY! Now our kids can enjoy the exciting game of Russian Roulette with the edge!
WARNING [ed. Note: warning item #23]. Touching the enclosure in any way will only decrease the life of the enclosure and increase risks to trampoline users.
Thanks for burying this tidbit of information within the 2-pages of product warnings.
Caution: Do not step or jump directly on the frame pad...Prolonged exposure to the sun, especially ultraviolet rays will shorten the life of the enclosure fabric. For longer fabric life, store the enclosure when it is not being used.
Question 1: Didn't they invent UV treatments for cloth materials in 1992?
Question 2: How do you get on or off the trampoline without stepping on the frame pad?
Warning: Do not touch or rebound off the safety enclosure. The included safety enclosure is not designed to protect against injury.
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot! Why do you even call it a SAFETY enclosure?!?!
Having a trampoline in your backyard is a great way to enjoy the great weather in Idaho. If you own a trampoline, please review the manual for your trampoline before you use it. Also, if you are thinking about buying a trampoline this year, read the manufacturers warning before you purchase. Finally, if you want to see the safest trampolines in the world, we recommend you visit our store and try the Vuly trampoline or the Springfree trampoline them for yourself! The manufacturers redesigned the trampoline to eliminate the three sources of trampoline injury.