There is little doubt about the fun of a trampoline in your own backyard. Almost everyone likes the feeling of weightlessness, and for children, it can be even more exciting. Consider that elemental game where adults throw children in the air and catch them, and there are suddenly plenty of memories of being weightless very early on. The feeling of flying is so elemental, in fact, that flying in some form is one of the most frequent dreams that people have. It does seem to be more certain than ever, however, that the risks outweigh the benefits. This article will discuss why.
This is true in Pennsylvania as it is true anywhere else, but there has been more attention in that particular state. It could be because of the wide open spaces, and the cultures there that spend more time outdoors. It could also very well be related only because the University of Pennsylvania has been the most outspoken on the issue of trampoline safety. While the American Academy of Pediatrics began to warn parents of the dangers of trampolines and their potential threats, it was the researchers in Philadelphia who began speaking about how the threats were not strong enough.
They feel that trampolines should not be used in backyards ever. This is because the number of injuries appears to be in the increase. Some studies demonstrate that young children are never safe, because they are top heavy, and tend to fall head first. This means that even a matted and cushioned surface could be very dangerous, if the fall was from any height, and that’s what trampolines are designed to do. Of even further concern, many of the injuries are sustained by adults and/or athletes, who have years of experience. The only safe way to use a trampoline, then, is at an indoor gym, where there are safety harnesses that can hold the jumper in place.