Healthy play is important for cardiovascular wellness and muscular strength.
However, it’s important to ensure that your children are playing
on equipment that is both safe and appropriate. While trampolines are
a common sight in many family backyards, they can pose a serious danger
to children when used improperly or unsupervised—in fact, trampolines
send hundreds of thousands of children to
emergency care facilities across the nation every year.
Trampolines and Common Injuries
Trampoline use is associated with a wide range of injuries with the potential
to send children to the emergency room. Head and neck injuries are among
the most serious trampoline-related injuries, but trampolines can also
cause serious cuts and fractures as well. Most injuries occur when children
flip or tumble in midair, causing them to land on their head, neck, or
shoulders. Other injuries may occur when children bounce too close to
the edge of the trampoline and come into contact with the springs, frame,
Trampolines and Safe Play
Both general and emergency care providers agree that whenever possible,
it’s best to skip the trampoline and encourage your kids to take
part in other healthy cardiovascular activities, such as walking, bicycling,
and swimming. If you do choose to allow your children to
play on a trampoline, always inspect the equipment first to ensure it is secure and in good
condition. Make sure to instruct children to use the trampoline one at
a time and never allow flips or somersaults. Finally, always supervise
children while they’re on the trampoline and take action immediately
to stop behaviors that could result in injuries.
Regional Medical Center of San Jose encourages your family to engage in healthy and safe physical activity
this year. We invite you to visit our hospital serving San Jose on the
web, where you can find more information about our departments, services,
and community resources. If you’d like answers to your healthcare
questions or a physician referral, you can reach a registered nurse via
our Consult-A-Nurse line today at (888) 762-8881.