“Trampolines can be fun for kids and adults, but they also pose a high risk for injuries, especially when two or more people jump at one time,” said Matthew B. Dobbs, MD and spokesperson for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS). “Orthopaedic surgeons recommend that families avoid trampoline recreation centers and trampolines not be used in home environments or in outdoor playgrounds because of the high risk of injuries.”
In an effort to reduce the number and severity of injuries, the AAOS came up with these tips:
• Trampolines should not be used for unsupervised recreational activity. Use of trampolines for physical education, competitive gymnastics, diving training and similar activities requires careful adult supervision and proper safety measures.
• Competent adult supervision and instruction are needed for children at all times.
• Allow only one participant at a time.
• Spotters should be present when participants are jumping. Somersaults or high-risk maneuvers should be avoided unless there is proper instruction and protective equipment, such as a harness.
• The trampoline-jumping surface should be at ground level.
• Supporting bars, strings and landing surfaces should have adequate protective padding.
• Check equipment regularly.
• Trampolines are not for children under age 6.
• Remove trampoline ladders after use to prevent unsupervised access.
Learn more at http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=A00291, www.facebook.com/AAOS1 and www.twitter.com/AAOS1.
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