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trampoline serious injuriesFor decades, trampolines have provided many hours of exercise and fun for children and adults. Even so, the gymnastic and backyard trampoline equipment can be extremely dangerous, causing accidents that sometimes lead to emergency room visits, and lifelong medical issues. Every year, a significant number of injuries ranging from broken bones and minor cuts to severe spinal cord injuries have been the result of using a trampoline.

Serious Injuries

Many doctors and associations discourage the use of recreational trampoline equipment because of its close ties to catastrophic injury. Using the trampoline properly might not result in injury. However, most users are unaware of how to properly use a trampoline, including the crucial fact that only one person should use the equipment at a time. This is because multiple users on the trampoline at the same time add forces generated by heavier individuals. Multiple jumpers cause “double bouncing” or “double jumping” placing extreme pressure on every individual’s spinal cord that can lead to injuries or fracture.

back injuryAs a Chicago personal injury lawyer, I everyday seem to remind me that back and neck injuries are indeed serious injuries that can result in permanent disability, paralysis, or even death.  Back and injuries can involve the bone, muscle, or soft tissue.  Common injuries include strains and sprains, fractured vertebrae, sciatica, and herniated disks.

The most common location for back injuries and back pain is the lower back because the lower back supports your body weight.  80% of people will experience low back pain at some point in their lives.  Common causes of back and neck injuries include trauma (falls, motor vehicle accidents, sports, birth injury), arthritis, cancer, degenerative conditions, and surgical injury.

Back Pain

As a Chicago personal injury lawyer, I see firsthand the atrocities associated with trampoline usage.  It seems no matter how many times families are presented with statistics about scary trampoline injuries, many parents are simply unwilling to take a trampoline out of their backyard.  So the question remains, if we can’t convince people to remove trampolines, should we simply advocate a safer product?

Can Trampolines Really Be Made Safer?What child has not at one point or another begged their parents for a trampoline? And who can blame them? If jumping on a bed is fun, jumping on a spring-loaded device made to propel you in the air and bounce you back up again is a riot. Unfortunately, the injury statistics for trampolines over the last few decades have also proved that it is also extremely unsafe. Strides have been made to make the trampoline safer for home use, but have these attempts been successful?

Trampoline Injuries

trampolineOf course, the warmer weather excites me after suffering through another winter.  For all of the Springtime excitement, I cringe when I see people dragging the trampolines that had been sitting idly in the dark confines of their yard into the prime real estate of the backyards.

Common dangers going ignored

Without a second thought, many parents will drag out trampolines of all types into use for their children to jump, flop and somersault on during the summer.