The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons released a position statement on the safe use of trampolines. According to the statement, trampolines should not be used by children younger than 6. Guidelines include: Provide “careful adult supervision and proper safety measures” for trampolines used for physical education, competitive gymnastics, diving training and similar activities. Only one person should use a trampoline at any time. A spotter should be present when someone is jumping. Somersaults or high-risk maneuvers should only be performed with proper use of protective equipment, such as a harness. Supporting bars, strings and surrounding landing surfaces should have adequate protective padding. Equipment should be checked regularly for safety conditions. Trampoline ladders should be removed after use to prevent unsupervised access by young children. Around 20 percent of injuries to the spinal cord caused by trampoline use are due to jumpers bumping into each other, trying to do stunts, falling off the trampoline or falling onto the frame or springs of the trampoline, reports BrainandSpinalCord.org.
Author RandyPosted on April 5, 2012Categories Safety, Safety at Home
Post by ladylimpsalot on Nov 15, 2017 15:48:06 GMT -8
Almost as dangerous as riding a skateboard. One never knows what is going to cause more damage than expected. It really is a dangerous world out there! (and yes, we had a trampoline in the yard when I was a little girl, but I don't remember any injuries.)
I ran across a ‘trampoline injury” story over on another forum and thought I would re-paste it here on our thread.
“KyleP2112 In a way it helps to hear how others' injuries happened...to know you aren't alone. Everyone here has quite a story to tell. My injury happened when I was 17 on a trampoline. It was the first and last time I used one of these large backyard trampolines. I hurt my neck (at c4/5) when my brother accidentally landed on top of me as I was sort of sitting position. Of course, we both wish my injury happened differently but what can you do... Though my injury was incomplete I was on a vent for about 2 months, which I got off of in rehab at Kessler in NJ. It's been a long road but I've had a good amount of recovery (though not enough) and can move my arms (and wrists) pretty well.” sci.rutgers.edu/forum/showthread.php?183509-How-did-you-become-paralyzed
From an insurance group - “Other children: If someone else’s child gets hurt on your trampoline, you would be liable for the child’s medical costs. Unless you choose to pay out of pocket, the cost would be shared by you and your homeowners insurance company—assuming, of course, that your homeowners insurance company covers trampoline accidents. In the case of a broken wrist or chipped tooth, the cost would be manageable. But if a neighbor kid (or even a complete stranger) gets paralyzed or killed while jumping on your trampoline, you have to be prepared for a settlement or judgment in excess of several million dollars.” news.leavitt.com/personal/trampolines-look-before-you-leap/