Thursday, November 19, 2009
Trampoline safety for kids
Trampoline safety for kids Trampolines are safe for recreational use, if adult supervision is present, and adherence to strict safety rules is maintained - this is the opinion of most trampoline manufacturers and supporters. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and other organizations like the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), does not think so. U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) indicates that 95,000 hospital emergency room treated injuries in 1998 were associated with trampolines. 75 were children under 15 years. Then in 2002, the CPSC estimates that 60,000 new trampoline-related emergency room-treated injuries were children aged between 5 and 14. Since 1990, CPSC has received six dead from seemingly innocuous trampoline. According to the CPSC, the majority of trampoline-related injuries remained in private homes. Injuries and deaths were caused by: 1. Collide with another person, while the jump trampoline. 2nd Landing improperly while jumping or doing stunts on the trampoline. 3rd Falling or jumping from the trampoline. 4th The fall of the trampoline springs or frame. Most of the damage caused by use of trampolines include sprains, fractures, scrapes, cuts and bruises, and serious injuries to the head and neck can cause paralysis and death. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), lesions of catastrophic cervical spine are rare, but the head and neck injuries constitute a considerable number of more serious injuries requiring hospitalization. These are the recommendations established by the AAP: 1st The trampoline should not be used at home or outside. 2nd The trampoline should not be part of routine physical education classes in schools. 3rd The trampoline has no place in the areas of outdoor games and should never be regarded as play equipment. These are the safety guidelines issued by the AAP trampolines should be used if: 1. Steel frame and springs should be covered with a cushion of safety. 2nd Impact-absorbing safety surface material impact zone 3. Maintenance and repair for tears, rust, and detachments. 4th Belts and haesses, Time 5. Set the trampoline in a pit so the mat is at ground level must be taken into account. 6. Scale can provide the springboard to unwanted access by small children and should not be used. 7th Only one person should use the trampoline for a time. 8th Supervised settings, the user of the trampoline should be at the center of the pad. The user of the trampoline should not groped maneuvers beyond capability or training, putting them at risk of injury. 9th Personnel trained in trampoline safety and competent observer must be present whenever the trampoline is in use. 10th Even under control training programs, the use of trampolines for children under 6 years of age should be prohibited. 11th The trampoline must be secure and not accessible when not in use. The CPSC also additional security measures when using the pad include: 1. Somersaults should not be attempted as the landing on the head or neck can cause paralysis. 2nd Trampolines should not be used without shock pads that completely cover the springs, hooks and frames. 3rd Trampolines should be tied away from structures, trees and other play areas. 4th Trampoline enclosures can be considered to help prevent injuries from falls trampolines.