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You might have heard an interview some time ago, with celebrity cook Donna Hay. Donna recounts the day her 12 year old son was taken to hospital by paramedics with a suspected neck injury after an incident on the family trampoline.
Sadly, this is not uncommon. On average, there are just under 2000 trampling injuries reported in Australia every year.
Trampolines are a fantastic way for kids to have fun, get exercise and build their motor skills and coordination. The important thing to remember is that whilst they are a fantastic addition to the backyard, there are certain things that dramatically increase the risk of injuries, when using a trampoline.
Remember when you were a kid and you would try to “double bounce” your siblings? Of the injuries associated with trampolines every year, more than half were fractures, often caused by being ‘double bounced’ – one jumper hits the mat, and is bounced up higher by the force of the other jumper landing. The smaller jumper is at risk of breaking a bone from the force.
Kidsafe recommend the following:
The Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne recommend the following:
We know, some of these are easier said than done – what kid doesn’t love playing on the trampoline at the same time as their siblings or cousins, and trying to get optimal bounce? But implementing what you can to at least minimise the risks of an injury, could make a big difference… kids will be kids!
And for the times where injury happens regardless of the measures you put into place, know what to do! Book your class today.
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