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Jumping to Conclusions? Or is Trampoline Alert On Target?

07/26/2017 | 3 Comments | Parenting, Fitness

The gush of warnings began shortly after a Florida mom posted a pic of her tearful toddler. He broke his leg on a trampoline and is in a waist-to-ankle cast for six weeks.

“Think again before letting your kid on a trampoline,” warned one online report. “Our lives have been turned upside down,” the mom lamented, according to a Washington Post article.

Is it all just social media hype? Or does the trampoline really deserve to be banned from backyards? To find out, Premier Health Now talked with Joseph Allen, MD, Family Medicine of Vandalia. While he acknowledged the big bouncy thing has its risks, he’s not suggesting parents begin disassembling. “Most kids’ activities have similar risks,” he says. “It’s certainly a dangerous piece of equipment, but it can also be fun and we, as humans, need to find a balance.”

At his office, and in shifts in the Emergency Department, Dr. Allen has seen his share of bumps, bruises and a few broken bones and concussions from trampolines. He cautions that the chance of injury increases when kids jump alongside friends. Although he grew up with a trampoline in his own backyard, and would allow his two children (ages 5 and 9) to jump, he’d want to supervise. “Adult supervision might decrease the chances of injury,” he says. “And if something did happen, I’d be right there to act quickly.”

Growing up on a farm, Dr. Allen admits he had his fair share of risky fun. “We all take risks every day. Ultimately it’s for the parent to decide if the risk of injury on a trampoline is acceptable or not.”

Source: Slate.com; Washington Post; Joseph Allen, MD, Family Medicine of Vandalia
Content Updated: 12/18/2018 11:44:18 AM
3 comments about this post
Diana Barr 7/31/2017 10:24:30 AM

Amen, if we took everything that is at risk our children would not have any fun. Grow up afraid to do anything or learn to how to grow up making decisions and becoming mature adults. Let them live and enjoy life for they may not be here with us tomorrow.

Margaret Rodriguez 7/3/2018 8:38:35 AM

It is true that we should supervise our kids and let them enjoy the fun on the trampoline. This jumpsport is always a matter of discrepancy among parents, we can’t deny its negative views in either way.

Danny Mickel 1/28/2019 6:13:31 AM

Trampolines are very important to be fit and strong and therefore very commonly used in recreational activities especially by Gymnasts. Gymnastics Trampoline is the perfect sports activity for bold high-flyers who want to jump, sault, twist and enjoy being airborne.

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