The Risks of Home Trampolines
Like every Christmas, your children probably have a number of requests from you and Santa. Some of these will be more realistic than others, but know too that some of their requests—though perfectly realistic—may also be fairly dangerous. One example you may be presented with is the home trampoline. While these have become extremely popular over the years, they pose a number of risks you should know about. Even the American Academy of Pediatrics has come out against them, strongly discouraging trampolines for home use.
The most common injury sustained by jumping on a home trampoline is a sprained ankle. Though those are certainly no fun to sustain, they’re not the type of injury most of us take seriously.
However, around 30% of those injured on trampolines suffer from broken bones. These are definitely more serious than a simple sprain. Furthermore, somewhere between 10% and 17% of trampoline-related injuries involve the head or neck. Obviously, these types of injuries are far from insignificant and could easily cause permanent problems.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, there are three main causes for accidents with home trampolines. These are:
Perhaps you aren’t convinced. Many people grew up with a trampoline and lived to tell about it. Santa may have already guaranteed a trampoline to your little one too. If you’re set on providing one for your family, at least be smart in its use.
For one thing, never allow more than one jumper on at the same time. Make sure your children know that flips are not allowed either, as these are one of the main causes of cervical spine injuries where trampolines are involved.
If possible, put your trampoline at ground level, to prevent injuries caused by falling off. Make sure it’s outfitted in proper padding too and replace it as necessary. At any time, if you find that your trampoline is lacking in quality, get rid of it.
Check to see what your insurance covers regarding your trampoline and always provide supervision when your children are using it.
To put it simply, treat your trampoline the same way you would a swimming pool. It can potentially be much more dangerous, which is why I recommend against their use, but if you insist on having one, recognize that it’s not just another toy.
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