WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) -- Irina Spektor takes her children's play time seriously.
She bought a trampoline for them, but made sure it was the safest one possible.
"It is eight feet in diameter. So, it allows enough room form kid to kid, for them not to be too close together. It also has a net so nobody can fall out," the mom of three says.
But theAmerican Academy of Pediatrics recommends not having trampolines at home.
"They're unsafe. We see a high rate of fractures occurring as a result of using the trampoline recreationally," says Dr. Susannah Briskin.
In 2009, there were 98,000 trampoline injuries. The problems occur when there are a bunch of jumpers at once. It's usually the youngest children, five and under, who end up hurt.
The Academy says trampolines that use nets and pads do not reduce the risk of injury. Doctors also worry about head and neck injuries from somersaults and flips.
"That puts people at risk for catastrophic injuries like paralysis," says the Dr. Briskin.
Pediatricians say if you still plan to use a trampoline always have an adult present and only let one child jump at a time.
Spektor makes sure her children are supervised, but says there's no point in jumping alone.
"It won't be as fun. They enjoy only when they have company."
She takes steps to watch and teach them properly. And, says it's a risk she's comfortable taking.
The American Academy of Pediatrics says its precautions also apply to all commercial trampoline parks.
And, homeowners with a trampoline should check that they homeowners insurance policy covers trampoline injury related claims.