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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Nanny Bans Trampolines

I am gemused to read that American Nanny has become a tad vexed about the dangers of trampolines, specifically children bouncing on trampolines in their back gardens.

According to the American Academy of Paediatrics (AAP) children are at high risk of breaking or fracturing a bone or receiving a joint dislocation.


I find that astonishing!

The AAP then go on to warn that most injuries result from children falling off the trampolines and from collisions when more than one child is bouncing.

Even more astonishing!

The Telegraph quotes Dr Michele LaBotz, who co-authored a new AAP policy statement on their dangers:
Paediatricians need to actively discourage recreational trampoline use. 

Families need to know that many injuries occur on the mat itself, and current data do not appear to demonstrate that netting or padding significantly decrease the risk of injury.
British Nanny issued a similar warning three years ago (evidently to no avail!):
"Inadequate adult supervision, several people using the trampoline simultaneously and insufficient safety equipment seems inextricably linked with injury."
Yes but kids fall over and injure themselves all the time, it's part of growing up. This is how they learn how to handle risk and failure etc.
However, to the rescue comes Professor Mark Batt, president of the Society for Sports and Exercise Medicine, who said that parents should also consider the health benefits of trampolines, and that the evidence from AAP was "weak" (another example of Nanny using poorly researched data to back up her prejudices):
"As a doctor who is very concerned about physical activity levels in young people, I’d be very concerned about putting off a group of children from trampolining, who otherwise wouldn’t be very active."
As ever, with anything one does (even standing up), there is a risk. However, short of lying in a cocoon wrapped in cotton wool there is little one can do to eliminate risk from our lives. Nor should we do it; as a life without risk is, in effect, a living death.

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  1. And if you watch the video, you'll see that many of the accidents were people larking about and misusing the trampoline. Because of them, all users have trampolines have to be penalized? Isn't that the same as a teacher putting a whole class in detention because on kid did something wrong and didn't own up to it?

  2. Anonymous2:54 PM

    Trampolines are there to be larked about with. What on earth else are you expected to do on the fucking things?

    Kids have always found inventive ways to use stuff. That is what they do and that is how they develop.

    The problem comes with banning and their use of stuff and stifling their development by strictly regulating them because the world around them may cause them harm and upset.

  3. Anonymous3:17 PM

    And another thing, because the more I think of people pontificating about others ‘larking about’, the more fucking irritated I get.

    You have watched the Olympics and you may have caught a bit of the trampoline competition.

    How do you think they first realised that a forward and backward somersault was possible if not for someone experimenting and ‘larking about’?

    Can you imagine a century ago if some dullard was to say to a gymnast, ‘Oh no, you can’t do a handspring mount and a double back somersault with 3 twists over that vaulting horse, it wasn’t made for that so stop larking about’.

    Or how about, ‘Put down that hammer, it’s for knocking in nails and not for throwing’

    Or……’You must jump into the pool feet first, because otherwise you might hurt your head, now stop larking about’.


  4. Tonk.7:10 PM

    I think I have one of the few gardens in the UK without an Argos trampoline in it.

    As a kid, I loved larking about. I learnt many useful lessons through larking about.....For example: don't ride down a dozen steps on a small pushbike or you could fall onto the crossbar and hurt your knackers....I only did it the once and other than having a small farm (two acres)for a few hours, it did me no harm but, although I stopped riding my bike down steps, I continued to lark about and continued to learn things including the ability to weigh up whether something is too risky to try or not..

  5. "lying in a cocoon wrapped in cotton wool" = bed-sore Hazard.