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Are your Kids Old Enough for Trampolining?

11 February 2023

Trampolining is a fun way for children to get exercise, but what age is appropriate to start? There are several reasons why it’s better for children to wait until they are a bit older before using a trampoline. Here are 5 reasons why it's not recommended for children under 6 to use a trampoline.

Trampolines can be hard for young children to control

Young children can’t always control their movements on a trampoline. They may end up bouncing off the mat and into the metal frame, or they may flip over and land on their heads. These types of accidents can be very dangerous. If a child falls off of a trampoline, they can land on the ground and sustain serious injuries. At a younger age, they haven't developed the coordination and balance needed to safely use a trampoline. They also need to be able to land properly to avoid getting hurt.

The risk of getting injured is much higher for younger children

One reason is that young children can be seriously injured if they fall off the trampoline. Injuries such as concussions, broken bones, and even spinal cord injuries are all too common in young children. Young children are also more likely to put their hands or feet in between the springs while they are jumping. This is very dangerous because they can get tangled up and end up with serious injuries.

Younger children don't have enough coordination or balance

Another reason why it's not recommended for children under 6 to use a trampoline is that they don’t have the coordination or balance needed. It takes a certain amount of coordination and balance to be able to safely jump on a trampoline. If a child doesn’t have the coordination or balance, they are more likely to fall off and get injured. They might also not be able to land properly, which can also lead to injuries.

Children need to follow instructions and listen to safety rules

There are certain safety rules that children need to follow when they are using a trampoline. These rules are in place to help prevent accidents and injuries. Children under the age of 6 might not be able to understand and follow these safety rules. If they don’t follow the rules, they are more likely to get injured. It’s important to wait until your child is old enough to understand the risks and take proper precautions before letting them use a trampoline.

Children under six are still developing physically

Last but not least, children under the age of 6 are still developing physically. Their bones and muscles are not fully developed yet. This means that they are more likely to get injured if they use a trampoline. Jumping on a trampoline can put a lot of strain on a child’s developing body. It can cause problems with their growth and development. This is why it’s better to wait until they are a bit older before letting them use a trampoline.

So, what age is appropriate to start trampolining? It’s generally recommended that children wait until they are at least 6 years old before using a trampoline. This will give them time to develop physically and mentally and to learn the proper safety rules. Of course, every child is different. You know your child best. You will need to decide if they are ready to start using a trampoline.

Photo by Rene Asmussen

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