All you have to do is hit YouTube and search “Trampoline Fail” and you will get 1,700,000 results, obviously these videos are of people getting hurt on trampolines. You would think that parents would steer away from such a dangerous creation, but no, trampolines continue to “spring-up” in backyards across the U.S. Finally after millions of broken bones scrapes, and bruises, a group of orthopedic surgeons have issued a child trampoline injury warning and are taking steps to raise awareness about the dangers associated with the use of trampolines among children.
On July 19, 2017 the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) that using any of the available “safety” equipment that is available for trampolines do absolutely nothing to reduce the risk of injuries associated with trampolines. The AAOS stated:
“We want children to enjoy exercise and physical activity, especially during the summer months,” said AAOS spokesperson and Los Angeles pediatric orthopaedic surgeon Jennifer M. Weiss, MD, “but parents and caregivers should know about the dangers of trampolines and the risk for serious injury, especially in very young children. Children younger than age 6 are less likely to have the coordination, body awareness, and swift reaction time necessary to keep their bodies, bones and brains safe on trampolines.”
More than 200,000 children and adults received treatment at emergency rooms last year for fractures, sprains and other mild and severe injuries. The AAOS’s mission is to bring awareness to parents and caregivers of the real dangers related with trampolines, which are used much more frequently over the summers months than throughout the rest of the year. The AAOS also reports that recent research by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has indicated more than 295,000 individuals were treated for injuries linked to trampoline use by medical professionals across the U.S. in 2015.
So is the message to parent to stop buying trampolines? No. But it is a very good idea to have some rules in place and to always supervise children who use a trampoline. When a family gets a new trampoline they become very popular and before you know it, half the kids in the neighborhood are hanging out, jumping and playing. What if one of the neighbor kids was to suffer a serious injury while playing? Who is responsible for any medical bills? Could a person get sued over a trampoline accident? This may seem to be “worst case scenario” type of thinking but this is an absolute must, especially in today’s social and economic climate. One accident and hurt neighbor child could cost you thousands of dollars.
No one wants a little innocent fun to turn into disaster but the simple fact is the statistics do not lie. You have to protect yourself. Here are some facts to consider when allowing your kids to play on a trampoline or if you own a trampoline yourself:
Trampoline Injuries and Deaths
Injuries and deaths can be caused by:
- Colliding with another person on the trampoline
- Landing improperly while jumping or doing stunts on the trampoline
- Falling or jumping off of the trampoline
- Falling on the trampoline springs or frame
- Take the following steps to prevent senseless deaths and serious trampoline injuries:
- Allow only one person on the trampoline at a time.
- Do not attempt or allow somersaults, because landing on the head or neck can cause paralysis.
- Do not use the trampoline without shock-absorbing pads that completely cover its springs, hooks and frame.
- Place the trampoline away from structures, trees and other play areas.
- No child under 6 years of age should use a full-size trampoline. Do not use a
- ladder with the trampoline, because it provides unsupervised access by small children.
These falls and spills might appear to be funny and entertaining, but the injuries and after effects of these falls are not shown on video. If the unthinkable should occur, know that you are not alone.
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