Trampolines are a common sight in many family backyards, and are often associated with harmless play and even healthy physical activity. However, trampolines are also responsible for thousands of injuries to children and teens each year, which range from bumps and bruises to head injuries that require diagnostic imaging and emergency care . Keep reading to learn more about the risk that trampolines pose to your child and how to encourage safer play this summer.
What Is a Concussion?
A concussion is a type of brain injury that occurs following a blow to the head. Concussions are a common injury associated with trampolines and can occur in many ways when a child falls off the trampoline; if he lands on his head while jumping or flipping, or if his head connects with the frame, he may sustain a concussion. A concussion is a serious injury that is best evaluated by a pediatric care provider as soon as possible—if your child has hit his head and is displaying symptoms of a concussion ; taking him to the pediatric ER is the best next step.
How Can I Protect My Children?
While the best way to protect your child from trampoline-related concussions is to keep him off trampolines, you can encourage safe and healthy play if you choose to allow him this opportunity. First, always make sure any trampoline your child uses is stable and in good repair. Second, never allow your child to jump without adult supervision and make sure only one person uses the trampoline at a time, regardless of its size. Third, set ground rules regarding acrobatics and flips that disallow your child from performing somersaults, which could cause him to inadvertently land on his head.
Sunrise Children’s Hospital wants to keep your child happy, safe, and well this year and every year. Our children’s hospital serving Las Vegas offers services that include general pediatrics, children’s emergency care, and specialized healthcare services such as daVinci Robotic Surgery and pediatric cancer care. You can find out more about us and our commitment to community health and safety on the web or by calling (702) 233-5437.