Getting ready for a trip to the trampoline park? Can’t wait to let the kids loose so they can bounce some of that envious energy away into the stratosphere?
Or maybe you’re excited to be buying your very own trampoline for the backyard. This way they can let ‘er rip at home… but not on the living room couch, or in the middle of the kitchen while you’re trying to scrape together something someone calls dinner, right?
I know- I get it. I would, too. If I had the space, I’d love to have an enormous bouncy pad out in back. (Honestly, I would probably be on there more than the kids.)
So, it’s with a bit of a wince that I pass on this info having to do with injuries in the world of kids jumping around on trampolines.
Is it a reason to dismantle plans and construction? For me, it’s just a heads up to be aware and keep vigilant. Your call for you.
Here it is: a study put out by Sydney Children’s Hospital and the University of New South Wales’ Neuroscience Research in Australia has some disturbing facts.
In just the first six months after a trampoline park opened in close proximity to the hospital, 40 children under 17 years of age made a visit to its emergency room with injuries obtained at the facility. Most of the cases involved soft tissue injuries, but one-third of the kids had fractures.
How are they getting so hurt? Christopher Mulligan, lead author of the study sited failed landings.
“When children were injured bouncing alone on a trampoline, this was most often due to failed landings after summersaults or tricks, though there were also a few cases of kids landing outside the trampoline areas, such as on the surrounding padding mats,” Mulligan said to reuters.com by email.
“When more than one person jumps on a small trampoline at the same time, they increase the risk of direct collision,” Mulligan added. “With the increased weight and energy of another person, the smaller sized jumper can also be projected higher and further than expected, which increases the risk of a failed landing.”
If you haven’t been to a trampoline park yet, chances are that you may soon find yourself in one, as nationwide, the number of U.S. trampoline parks has surged from just 40 in 2011 to a total of 280 in 2014.
In fact, it’s estimated that five to six new parks are currently opening each month in the country.
If that’s the case, there were probably up to about 450 total trampoline parks by the end of last year.
And the awful truth is that the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) currently recommends against recreational trampoline use.
But hey, they’re fun. And good exercise, to boot. And we can’t put bumpers on everything in life, can we?
What am I going to do? Use my best judgment at the park and bring a book. If reality is what it is, that wait time in the emergency room can be exasperating.