May 11, 2015 Post By: Children's Health
There's No Such Thing as a Safe Trampoline
Trampolines aren't safe according to a study at Children's Health and UT Southwestern medical centers and Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children.
It’s officially summer, and your children want to go outside and play, and perhaps want you to buy a trampoline. Kids love bouncing on them — and they’re good exercise, too.
Here are some reasons we think you should resist the temptation to buy one -
Resist the temptation to buy one
Trampolines aren’t safe, according to a study at Children’s Medical Center, and UT Southwestern Medical Centers and Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. After surveying 300 Children’s patients who suffered trampoline-related injuries, researchers determined that trampoline safety guidelines recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons aren’t effective enough.
On trampolines, children still break bones at the same rate even with protective measures like padding and net walls. “We didn’t find there was any difference in the severity or frequency of injuries between children who followed the trampoline safety measures and the ones who didn’t,” says Christine Ho, M.D., the pediatric orthopaedic surgeon at Children’s who led the study. “The take-away message: There is no such thing as a safe trampoline.”
5 Safer Alternatives
- Jumping rope
- Riding a bike with a properly fitted safety helmet
- Playing tag
- Playing hide-and-go-seek
- Swimming with adult supervision