MN Chiropractic MN | Sports Injuries | Backyard Safety
Jumping on a trampoline is fun and exhilarating. Home trampolines have become more and more popular in recent years. It also offers good physical exercise. Best of all, it doesn’t look like it involves a lot of skill. Trampolines are springing up in backyards everywhere as play equipment for school aged children.
Many parents purchase trampolines for their children, believing that trampolines are toys that will provide hours of outdoor fun for kids. What many do not realize is that home-use trampolines actually cause most of the overall trampoline-related injuries.
Trampolines – Serious Injuries Waiting To Happen
Trampoline injury rates have risen dramatically since the early 1990s. In 2004, the Consumer Product Safety Commission found that more than 89,000 people were sent to emergency rooms with trampoline-related injuries.
Forty percent of the injuries were sprains, 30% fractures; nearly 10%were head, neck and back injuries. Although catastrophic neck/spinal cord injuries were rare, many of these head and back or neck injuries required hospitalization. Most of these injuries occurred on home trampolines.
The vast majority of trampoline injuries that do not occur from falling off the trampoline. They occur on the tramp and the primary cause is that there’s more than one child jumping at the same time.
It’s The Peak Season For Trampoline Injuries
One study found that spring and summer are the time when trampoline injuries hit their peak, and 91% of them happen at home. It’s summer, so it’s time for you and your kids to play in your back yard! Be sure there are no safety hazards waiting to ruin your day…..
Trampoline Injuries Are An EPIDEMIC!
Kids love to bounce on trampolines: the feeling of flying in the air and doing flips and twists and turns, the pride of learning new tricks and bouncing around. It’s all so much fun, until they get hurt.
Studies have proven that education about trampoline risks has not helped to reduce the number of injuries. In fact, the number of injuries has increased exponentially each year, leading the AAP to characterize trampoline injuries among children as an “epidemic” and to recommend banning them from home use entirely.
Strains and Sprains
Strains and sprains are common injuries related to trampoline use. A sprain is when a ligament, the tissue that is around a joint connecting two bones, is stretched or torn. A strain occurs when a muscle or tendon is stretched or torn. Landing the wrong way while jumping on a trampoline can easily cause a sprained or strain. Common areas that get sprained or strained while on the trampoline include feet, ankles, wrists and hands.
Bone fractures are more serious injuries then sprains and strains. Arms and legs are the most common areas of the body that break as a result of jumping on a trampoline. Other bones in the body may break as well. Landing on a trampoline the wrong way after a jump or falling off the side of the trampoline may result in this type of injury. It is important for anyone who has broken a bone while using a trampoline to seek medical attention right away.
Neck and Back Injuries
Serious neck and back injuries may also occur with trampoline use. A broken or damaged spinal cord, which runs the length of the back and neck, will most likely result in neck or back injury, paralysis of part or all of the body, or even death. The Mayo Clinic states, “The risk of injury is so high that the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says that trampolines should never be used at home or in outdoor playgrounds.” If you do choose to use a trampoline despite these risks, you do well to follow manufacturer guidelines and use them in the safest way possible.
The best way to protect children is to encourage parents not to use a trampoline or at least to supervise the child at all times. There are several regions of the spine with which we should be concerned when a child has been injured from trampoline usage. Upper cervical trauma, sacral injury (similar to repetitive-stress syndrome) and flexion-extension injury to the lumbar spine all may be consequences of trampoline use.
Chiropractic – The Doctors Of Choice
Chiropractic care has received much attention in regards to its successful management of sport injuries. Since the majority of sports injuries are soft tissue in nature and because many of injuries arise from improper body biomechanics and improper sporting techniques. From the weekend warrior to the professional athlete, to children playing in the backyard, chiropractors have become the doctors of choice for sports and personal injuries.