The Canadian Pediatric Society recommends that you do not use trampolines at home or at trampoline parks.
You may think that safety nets will keep your child from getting hurt. But most injuries happen when jumping on the trampoline mat, not from falling off.
Trampoline parks can be even more dangerous than home trampolines. Injuries at a trampoline park are twice as likely to need surgery compared to injuries on home trampolines. Children are much more likely than adults to be injured at a trampoline park.
More than 5 children visit Alberta emergency departments each day due to trampoline use. Common trampoline injuries include:
Injuries can be bad enough to cause permanent disability or even death.
Trampoline injuries happen when:
There's a high risk of getting hurt on a trampoline. If you decide to use one, follow these safety tips:
Inflatable bouncers, like a bouncy house or bouncy castle, are not safe. A bouncer can lose air and collapse if too many people are using it at the same time. A bouncer can also be dangerous if it isn’t set up properly or the air pump fails.
Injuries can happen on inflatable bouncers when:
Common injuries from inflatable bouncers include:
If your child is playing on an inflatable bouncer, or any other inflatable structure at an amusement park or community event in Alberta, you need a permit and license to operate. Ask the operator to show you the proof of inspection and certification.
Before your child uses a bouncer in public, make sure:
If you’re using an inflatable bouncer in your backyard:
Jumping on a trampoline or playing an inflatable bouncer may seem like fun ways to get exercise and play with friends. But the fun ends quickly when someone gets hurt. Try activities like:
Current as of: November 2, 2023
Author: Provincial Injury Prevention, Alberta Health Services
This material is not a substitute for the advice of a qualified health professional. This material is intended for general information only and is provided on an "as is", "where is" basis. Although reasonable efforts were made to confirm the accuracy of the information, Alberta Health Services does not make any representation or warranty, express, implied or statutory, as to the accuracy, reliability, completeness, applicability or fitness for a particular purpose of such information. Alberta Health Services expressly disclaims all liability for the use of these materials, and for any claims, actions, demands or suits arising from such use.