“AIR” on the side of caution: Trampoline Safety Tips
An afternoon of fun on a neighbour’s trampoline ended suddenly when three-year-old Remy crashed to the ground. His parents rushed him to the emergency department.
“He was in a lot of pain,” said his dad Cameron. ”I was surprised to hear how bad it was.”
Remy fractured his arm and was in a cast for a month. Doctors see hundreds of kids like Remy every year in hospital emergency departments. They most often see fractures, with the ankles, elbows and head being the most commonly injured parts.
Dr. Erik Swartz, Head of Pediatrics at Vancouver Coastal Health, said, “In Richmond Hospital we see a peak in trampoline injuries between April and September. I see a lot of concussions and broken arms, but more serious injuries definitely do occur.”
Stats from the Canadian Hospitals Injury Reporting and Prevention Program (CHIRPP) show that spine injuries can occur during falls, but more often happen when someone somersaults or flips. The most common injuries involve jumping or falling off the trampoline. The majority of injuries (80%) occur when two or more children are on the trampoline at the same time.
The trampoline Remy was on did have a safety net but the door wasn’t closed at the time. “We’ve learned our lesson. We only want him using trampolines that have the safety nets, so he’s more secure,” said Cameron. “This was the one time it wasn’t zipped up. We need to be more mindful next time.”
“Of course we want to encourage physical activity and being outdoors,” said Dr. Swartz, “but we also want parents and caregivers to err on the side of caution, and take as many precautions as possible to limit preventable injuries.”
Evidence-based safety tips
• Only one person should be on the trampoline at a time
• Closely supervise all children
• Don’t jump onto or off a trampoline.
• Have a safety net & keep the door closed
• Reduce risk of neck or spine injuries by limiting flips or somersaults
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