Breaking your wrist on a trampoline on purpose is not easy. A body’s natural reaction is to protect itself. It is amazing that the instinct to protect will override a plan to harm. About 5 percent of children with broken bones did it on purpose. Reasons for this behavior range from wanting to know what it felt like to wanting to get out of P.E. It is important to discuss the dangers and realities of breaking a wrist with children.
There are many dangers involved in breaking the wrist. Growth plates are located at the ends of growing bones in children and adolescents. These growth plates are the center of growth for the bone and determine the eventual length of the bone. Fractures of the wrist can cause severe damage to the growth plate of the arm bone resulting in stunted growth. In many cases surgery and rehabilitation are needed.
Casts are not cool. They are hot. The skin underneath the cast cannot breathe and remains hot, sweaty and itchy. It is not uncommon to fin a person with a cast using a straw or some other foreign object to scratch the skin under the cast. This is also quite dangerous as it can cause the skin to become more irritated and even tear. After the cast is removed, the arm is usually weak and significantly skinnier than the other. In time the arm will regain its strength and muscle mass.