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.British Nanny issued a similar warning three years ago (evidently to no avail!):
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.”
"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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