Can trampolines hurt your spine?

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Can trampolines hurt your spine?
The American Academy of Pediatrics advises that trampolines should not be used by any child except for training programs and certain sports – and only then when supervised by a trained adult.

Some of the fun and benefits listed by trampoline enthusiasts may make trampolines and rebounders rather an enticing form of play and therapy for children and adults. But, as with everything that goes up, there has to be a down. . .  

While there’s a freedom to jumping on a trampoline, you always have to feel in relative control of the movement. Stop if at any time you feel out of control. Anyone who has been on a trampoline and copped the rebound effect when landing as someone is springing will testify to the whiplash effects that can go through your entire body. Trampoline jumping poses a risk of injury for both children and adults.


If you are healthy and have no history of back pain, your risk of injury during trampolineing and rebounding is reduced but people with certain health conditions such sciatica, pinched nerves, degenerative disk disease, osteoporosis or fractures should be cautious and consult their health-care provider before starting a new exercise routine. The neck is often affected although whiplash can occur anywhere in the body when the forces are so quick and strong that they jar and strain the joint capsules. Repetitive compression of the spine by bouncing up and down on a trampoline can lead to back pain and may aggravate existing back pain due to the increase in disc pressures and these joints are overstretched causing injury, inflammation and spasm of surrounding soft tissues. Discs are the compressible pads between the vertebrae in your […]