Trampolines: Safety Threat or Over-Reaction?
The article highlights the dangers, but perhaps the overly-concerned view of backyard trampolines, and the recent study released by IU Health on the injury statistics. According to Dr. Randall T. Loder, the chairman of orthopedic surgery at IU, and also the study’s author, they discovered that in the past 10 years, there have been an estimated 288,876 fractures that cost the healthcare system and its patients over $400 million.
Loder believes trampolines should be banned and that kids should never be allowed to jump on them, no matter how fun they might be.
Others, including Jason Reese, believe trampolines, just like anything else, can be safe when they are used with appropriate supervision and precautions. Jason Reese says he has very specific rules when it comes to using the trampoline, and that they have never had any serious injuries as a result.
A few tips to keep in mind when using a trampoline:
- Always check with your homeowner’s insurance policy to see if the trampolines are covered.
- Never use a trampoline without a safety net (safety nets have been shown to drastically reduce the number of serious injuries on trampolines.)
- Limit the number of people who are allowed on the trampoline at one time.
- Never jump on a trampoline that is on uneven ground.
- Do not jump without supervision, or without a second person around to help in case you do become injured.
If you have been injured on a trampoline, give the lawyers at Wagner Reese a call and let us help you work through your options. We may be able to assist you with your recovery.