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Avoiding Injuries at the Trampoline Park

Avoiding Injuries at the Trampoline Park

By: Katie Pritchard, PT, DPT   June 7, 2017

Indoor trampoline parks are now a very popular past time for children of all ages. There are quite a few in the Lehigh Valley and it is important to follow safety guidelines to ensure that injury does not occur. Some injuries that may occur include ankle sprains, an ACL tear and even ankle fractures resulting from falls or missed landings when jumping on trampolines. The possibility of concussions are also very real as a child can land on their head when jumping and there are even dodge ball areas where children can get hit in the head very easily.

Here are some safe jumping tips:

  1. Make sure to have only one child/adult on a trampoline at a time.
  2. Any child with weak ankles or recent injuries should not go to the trampoline park unless cleared by their doctor.
  3. If the trampoline park is crowded try to go to a less populated area of the park to ensure enough room to jump.
  4. Be cautious in the dodge ball areas! Make sure children are paying attention to where the ball is being thrown as concussions may occur if a child gets hit in the head hard enough with the ball.
  5. When children are at the park parents should be supervising them at all times.

Parents should be aware of the signs and symptoms of an ankle sprain. These include:

  1. Pain and swelling in the foot and ankle joint
  2. Pain with walking
  3. Possible bruising at the injury site.  

The most common cause of ankle sprains are when the ankle rolls down and inward. If you think your child may have injured their ankle please do not hesitate to get them checked at one of our many Care on Demand centers and use the RICE method: Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation until he/she is seen by a professional.


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