Ensure your fun without any serious consequences
Bouncy castles and trampolines are becoming increasingly popular over the years. Trampolines, especially, provide for a fun activity and a fun form exercise for all ages. In fact, many studies show that trampoline usage and workouts offer many health benefits such as improved balance, posture and coordination, improved functions of the immune system, reduction of cellulite, strengthening of bones, lowered risks of cancer, and more!
However, trampolines do pose high risks for accidents, especially for children under the age of 14. According to the American Association of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS), over 246,000 medically treated trampoline injuries occur annually in the United States, 75% of which occur among children aged 14 or younger, and 15% of which occur among children aged 6 or younger.
Although the majority of injuries occur among young children, people of all ages are affected by serious injuries including broken necks, spinal cord injuries, and disabling head traumas, many of which result in permanent paralysis as well as death. In additional, trampolines are also responsible for many less serious injuries such as broken bones and different types of dislocations and muscle damage.
Jumping on a trampoline should be a fun activity, and will remain that way as long as you follow some safety guidelines to ensure yours and your children’s security. Here are some tips provided by the Foundation for Spinal Cord Injury Prevention, Care, and Cure (FSCIP) to help keep you and your children safe when using a trampoline:
- Trampolines should only be used in well-lighted areas
- The trampoline jumping surface should be placed at ground level
- The supporting bars, strings and surrounding landing surfaces should have adequate protective padding
- A surrounding net around the trampoline may be added to reduce number of injuries from falls; Keep in mind that netting is not a substitute for adequate adult supervision and will not reduce or eliminate crippling injuries and death on the actual surface of the trampoline- it has been shown to retain users in the trampoline area
- Competent adult supervision and instruction is needed for children at all times
- Children should never be allowed to jump onto the trampoline from high objects, especially from roofs
- Somersaults or high-risk maneuvers should be avoided without proper supervision and instructions and should be done only with proper use of protective equipment such as a harness
- Use of trampolines for physical education, competitive gymnastics, diving training, and other similar activities requires carefully trained adult supervision and proper safety measures
- Trained spotters should be present when participants are jumping for athletic purposes
If you are not insured against this kind of mishap, you may face very high costs from repairing damage and paying medical bills. It is a great idea to check with your insurance provider to see how extensively you are covered if you own any of these items or plan on installing one in your house or backyard. Stay safe and have a fun summer filled with bouncing!
Contributor: Smruthi Sriram
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