Backyard trampolines have become a sweeping trend in Canada. Unfortunately, hospital statistics have demonstrated this activity is associated with many risks. The good news is that most of these risks can be avoided with simple precautions. Doctors across Canada are voicing their concerns and advocating for parents to follow some steps to ensure their kids are safe on trampolines. Implementing these guidelines with your children and their friends will make sure jumping on a trampoline is fun while lessening the risk of injuries.
Make sure your children…
How many injuries are reported in New Brunswick every year?
The IWK Health Centre in Halifax is the main children’s hospital in the Maritimes. New Brunswick children with serious injuries make up a number of their patients. Using the most recent statistics, over 70 children in the IWK are injured on trampolines every year. We expect that number is now even higher given the increasing popularity of trampolines.
Injuries from trampolines can require band-aids, casts – and hospital stays.
Reported Injuries can range from broken wrists, dislocated shoulders and sprained ankles to severe head and neck trauma.
In 2007, feet and legs were the most frequently injured body parts (43%), followed by the upper extremities (36%) and the head, face and neck (15%). (CPA, 2007)
Types of injuries most often relate to fractures (43.5%) of all injuries, while about thirty per cent involved brain trauma. (CPA, 2007).
Some injuries can result in long-term disabilities such as paralysis.
The bottom line
Backyard trampolines provide a good opportunity for physical activity close to home, but we want to be sure a fun afternoon doesn’t turn into something more serious. Parents should reinforce and teach kids about proper trampoline use and the importance of safety. Learn about the risks, know how your kids are playing on trampolines, and ensure the basic rules outlined above are a regular part of your child’s play.
[i] John M. Purvis, MD and Ronald G. Burke, MD, Journal of the AAOS, 2003
[ii] Child Safety Link, 2014
[iii] L Purcell, J Philpott; Canadian Paediatric Society, 2007
[iv] Royal Society for Prevention and Accidents, 2015
[v] Child Safety Link, 2014
[vi] Parachute.The Cost of Injury in Canada. Parachute: 2015