You are very many who wanted a post about children and trampoline. To be able to write this I have taken the help of my friend and colleague Samara who works at the surgical / orthopedic pediatric ward. A fantastic toy that makes it fun to move but also provides good stamina and coordination training. Compared to many leisure activities, it is cheap and can be used by many children (and adults) of different ages.
Risks with trampoline for children
Well, the risk of injury is relatively large, and the damage is sometimes complicated. The most common are fractures of various kinds, especially in wrists, fingers, elbows and ankles. The latter is common when the foot gets stuck on the edge of the trampoline and may require both surgery and long, cumbersome healing time. Neck injuries can result from unsuccessful tensions and jumps. Concussion, abdominal injury with a broken spleen or liver is uncommon and occurs mainly when the trampoline lacks a safety net so the child flies off. Little siblings who want to do as advanced volts as the older children, but who have poorer coordination, are easily hurt. Little siblings who are jumped on by big brother shoes as well.
So. Is it reasonable to scrap the trampoline and return to the jump rope and twistband to encourage outdoor movement? No, I think! Trampolines are far too good and too fun to be banned. However, you can significantly reduce the risk of injury with some simple precautions. The injuries that still occur tend to be much less so if you follow them.
- Never jump on a trampoline without a full safety net!
- Just jump one by one! Applies to both children and parents. A child who falls and slides under a jumping adult is not a winning concept.
- No shoes on the trampoline!
- No toys or other items on the trampoline! It can cause serious damage if you accidentally land on them, which is not uncommon at all.
Don't forget the safety net!
Jumping safely on a trampoline is not at all complicated, but easy to forget when having fun. Therefore, an adult needs to be nearby who can remind. With that said, get out and jump!