Trampolines lead to all sorts of injuries

The image of a child bouncing gleefully on a backyard trampoline may be a pleasing one in theory. But if you were to ask a chiropractor if he or she thought a trampoline was a good recreational option for your kids, the answer would be a resounding “no.” Trampoline injuries can range from bumps and bruises to sprains, fractures, and, most seriously, neck and spinal cord injuries. The injuries commonly come from colliding with another person on the trampoline, landing slightly off balance, falling off or attempting to jump off the trampoline, or coming down on the apparatus’s springs or frame.

Despite warnings from the American Academy of Pediatrics, visits to emergency rooms for trampoline-related injuries soared between 1990 and 2005, as trampoline sales increased due to increasing popularity for home use. Children under age 14 accounted for most of the injuries. If your child uses a trampoline, particularly if it’s at home, be sure there is always adult supervision as a way to avoid unsafe horseplay. Only one person at a time should be on a trampoline. Talk with your chiropractor or your medical doctor for their opinions on trampolines.

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