12 Jun Trampoline Safety
Using a trampoline safely
In recent years, the use of a trampoline at home has grown in popularity. Whether small or large, the trampoline allows children to stretch their legs without leaving the backyard.
However, the risk of injury is very real. The trampoline should be used with caution. In addition to major injuries referred directly to a doctor or to the emergency room, it is possible to note an increased number of consultations for minor to moderate injuries in chiropractic clinics, especially in the summer.
Neck pain, pain between the shoulder blades, wrist sprains, ankle injuries can be common.
An informed decision
When parents ask the chiropractor for advice on the trampoline, they sometimes get a reproachful look from the kids because it sits at the top of the list of their favourite activities. Despite children’s insistence, it is best to make an informed decision before purchasing a trampoline.
Yes, all activities can be risky and children need to move! On one hand, the trampoline can help develop several physical skills. On the other hand, more and more research clearly shows that the trampoline drastically increases the risk of injuries.
According to Dr. Peter Glavas, orthopedic surgeon at CHU Sainte-Justine and Shriners Hospital, in almost 90% of cases, injuries due to trampoline are related to a fracture and, among them, 40% are children under the age of 6 years.
According to a study of the Canadian hospital information and research system in trauma prevention, more than 6000 patients were treated in hospital for injuries due to trampolines between 2012 and 2016.
Some of the injuries that can occur on a trampoline include:
- cuts and bruises
- sprains and strains
- head trauma,
- back and neck injuries
Reduce the risks
It is recommended:
- Jump in the centre of the trampoline
- Surround the trampoline with a safety material capable of absorbing impacts
- Do not let a child under the age of 6 jump on the trampoline
- Be only one person at a time on the trampoline
- Do not jump on the trampoline from a higher point
- Do not do somersaults, pirouettes, etc.
- Do not use the trampoline as a springboard
- Do not wear clothes or accessories that could get stuck
In addition to following these tips, consult your chiropractor to make sure you reduce the risk of injury from using the trampoline!
Adapted from a publication from the Association of Chiropractors of Quebec
The Association of Chiropractors of Quebec (ACQ) is a non-profit organization existing since 1967. As part of its educational mission for the general public, the Association of Chiropractors of Quebec implements educational and informative projects aimed at improving public health through scientific, effective and non-invasive approaches.