As the weather warms, children across Oklahoma are beginning to play outside again. However, that fun can quickly turn to panic if someone is injured on a piece of home recreational equipment, such as a trampoline.
According to News 9, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimated that in 2010, approximately 92,000 people required a visit to the emergency room after being injured on a trampoline. Many of those injuries were serious and potentially life-altering.
For instance, a professional baseball player recently broke his ankle while jumping on a trampoline at home with his 5-year-old son. The injury required surgery as well as six-weeks in a cast to heal. The ball player will then undergo several weeks of rehabilitation to strengthen the ankle that was hurt in the potentially career-ending injury.
Orthopedic surgeon and spokesperson for the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, Dr. John Purvis, stated, “Although trampolines can be fun for both kids and adults, they pose a high risk for injuries, especially when two or more people jump at one time.”
This is why he suggests:
- Never let a child use a trampoline unsupervised.
- Spotters should always be present around a trampoline.
- One jumper at a time.
- Trampolines should be placed on level ground.
- Never let a child under 6-years-old use a trampoline.