Trampolines Not Safe for Kids, Safety Officials Warn

Kids shouldn’t play on trampolines.

That’s what officials with the American Academy of Pediatrics say. In 2009, there were about 10,000 kids who were injured because of them. The safety nets that are on some of the newest trampolines aren’t making much of a difference either, according to NBC News.

The only thing that these nets do is lull the parents into a false sense of security.
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“We recommend that you not provide it for your family or your neighbors to use. But if you do use one, you need to be aware of the risks,” said Dr. Michele LaBotz, sports medicine physician.

Our Asheville injury attorneys understand that younger kids are the most likely to be injured by trampolines. Children under the age of 14 face the most risks. About 75 percent of these accidents occur when multiple people are jumping on the mat. Most commonly, these kinds of injuries include fractured bones and dislocated joints. According to recent studies, anywhere from 20 to 40 percent of these injuries leave a young child in the emergency room. About 30 percent of these kids were between the ages of 6- and 17 while another 50 percent were under the age of 5.

Falls from a trampoline accounted for close to 40 percent of these injuries. What’s even worse is that 1 out of every 200 injuries resulted in some kind of permanent neurologic damage.

Unfortunately, too many parents are willing to let young ones play on these things — even after an accident. Safety officials understand that parents probably aren’t going to ban their children from these devices any time soon. That’s why they’re offering some safety measures to those who might continue use them.

Trampoline Safety Tips:

-Set them at ground level whenever you can.

-Clear the area around the trampoline of any hazards.

-Always supervise children when allowing them to jump on a trampoline. Make sure to watch them, too. Just being in the area is not good enough.

-Don’t allow recreational use of the trampoline, say pediatricians.

-Remember that netting and other trampoline safety equipment does not help to reduce the risks of injuries.

-Failed attempts at flips can cause some serious injuries, including cervical spine injuries. Many times, these kinds of injuries can not only be devastating, but they can be permanent.

-If you own your home, you should talk with your homeowners insurance company to make sure that they cover trampoline-related accidents and injuries.

-If you go to a trampoline park, remember that their regulations and rules might not be consistent with those set forth by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

-If you’re using a trampoline that was created for a sports training program, then you should make sure that it’s always properly supervised and that there are the proper coaches present and the proper safety measures in place.

If you or your child has been injured in an accident, contact the Lee Law Offices, P.A. for a free consultation to discuss your case. Call 1-800-887-1965.

Additional Resources:

Trampolines are no place for kids, docs warn
, by Linda Carroll, ABC News
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