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Trampoline injury statistics

Trampolines lead to tens of thousands of injuries each year, including head and neck injuries. It's no wonder many homeowners insurance companies consider them an "attractive nuisance."

Logan Sachon

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Logan Sachon

Logan Sachon

Senior Managing Editor, News & Research

Logan Sachon is the senior managing editor of news and research at Policygenius, where she oversees our insurance and financial news, surveys, and data studies. As a journalist, her work has appeared in The Guardian, Business Insider, CNN Money, BuzzFeed, Money Under 30, VICE, New York Magazine, and elsewhere.

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Trampoline accidents are a major injury source for children. In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics advises that trampolines are dangerous and should be avoided, and has repeatedly asked for them to stop being sold in the U.S. Many people will read that and decide not to purchase a trampoline. But some people may want to know more about the risks.

How many trampoline injuries are there each year? 

It is estimated that over 100,000 people are treated in the emergency room each year for trampoline injuries, with 500 of those leading to permanent neurologic damage.

104,691: Estimated number of hospital emergency room-treated injuries associated with trampolines in 2014. [1]

3.85%: Share of all U.S. pediatric fractures caused by trampolines. [2]

0.5%: Trampoline injuries that resulted in permanent neurologic damage (brain injury, spinal cord injury, head injury). [3]

How many trampoline deaths are there each year? 

Deaths from trampoline use are more rare, but do happen. On average, there are just over two per year, according to Consumer Product Safety Commission data. 

22: Number of deaths from trampoline use in the 10 years between 2000 and 2009. [4]

What causes trampoline injuries and deaths? 

There are four main ways that people are injured or killed when using trampolines, according to the CPSC: [5]

  1. Colliding with another person 

  2. Landing improperly while jumping or doing stunts 

  3. Falling or jumping off the trampoline 

  4. Falling on the trampoline springs or frame 

75%: Share of trampoline injuries that occur while multiple children were jumping on the trampoline. [6]

27% to 39%: Trampoline injuries caused by falls. [7]

20%: Trampoline injuries caused by direct contact with springs and frame. [8]  

Young children are 14 times more likely to get hurt than bigger children.  [9]

Table: Most common trampoline injury areas

Percentage of trampoline injuries

Injury area

36.0%

Lower extremities injuries

31.8%

Uupper extremities injuries

14.5%

Head injuries

9.8%

Trunk injuries

7.9%

Neck injuries

Table data: JAMA Pediatrics [10]

Most common trampoline injury types 

Percentage of trampoline injuries

Injury type

51.9%

Soft tissue injuries

34.6%

Fractures

11.7%

Lacerations

Table data: JAMA Pediatrics [11]

Backyard trampoline injuries v. trampoline park injuries

Backyard trampolines lead to more injuries, but trampoline parks often lead to more serious injuries. 

66%: Trampoline injuries that occur on home trampolines. [12]

34%:  Trampoline injuries that occur in trampoline parks. [13]

44%: Home trampoline injuries resulting in fracture or dislocation. [14]

55%: Trampoline park injuries injuries resulting in fracture or dislocation. [15]

What do homeowners need to know about trampolines and homeowners insurance? 

For insurance purposes, trampolines are categorized as an “attractive nuisance,” meaning that they provide a dangerous condition that could attract and endanger children. Pools are also "attractive nuisances."

Coverage for trampolines varies by insurance company. Your company may:

  • Have no special stipulations about your trampoline 

  • Require enhanced safety measures for your trampoline, like a net 

  • Exclude your trampoline from coverage 

Read more about trampolines and homeowners insurance, including why you should consider an umbrella policy if you have a trampoline. 

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  1. Consumer Product Safety Commission

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    CPSC Safety Alert: Trampoline Safety

    ." Accessed April 17, 2022.

  2. American Academy of Pediatrics

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    “Rates of Pediatric Trampoline Fractures are Jumping: A National Report (2008-2017)”

    ." Accessed April 17, 2022.

  3. World Journal of Pediatrics

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    “Trampoline related injuries in children: risk factors and radiographic findings”

    ." Accessed April 17, 2022.

  4. Cleveland Clinic

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    “Surprising Dangers of Trampolines for Kids”

    ." Accessed April 17, 2022.

  5. JAMA Pediatrics

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    "Trampoline-Related Injuries to Children"

    ." Accessed April 17, 2022.

  6. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

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    "Trampoline parks may cause more severe trauma than at home trampoline use"

    ." Accessed April 17, 2022.

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Logan Sachon is the senior managing editor of news and research at Policygenius, where she oversees our insurance and financial news, surveys, and data studies. As a journalist, her work has appeared in The Guardian, Business Insider, CNN Money, BuzzFeed, Money Under 30, VICE, New York Magazine, and elsewhere.

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