The trampoline is not an “aunt to guard,” the doctor warns. When will a child be released?

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Trampolines are not just fun. Children can “jump” serious injuries on them. The traumatologist advises how to prevent this.

Trampolines are not just fun. Children can “jump” serious injuries on them. The traumatologist advises how to prevent this.

The illustration of the article Trampoline is not an

Warmer weather attracts more and more people out. An exception are not even children who enjoy more intense sports activities, staying in nature, trips, or the increasingly popular trampolines. We find them really everywhere and they are commonly seen in restaurants, in front of hotels and guesthouses and even in gardens.

Trampolines from the perspective of a traumatologist

But children’s entertainment can very quickly turn into a serious injury. The latest Czech doctor, Radovan Hudák from the Department of Pediatric and Adult Orthopedics and Traumatology at the Charles University Medical Faculty and the Motol University Hospital, drew attention to the danger. On the Facebook described that a recent service had taken them back.

“Apart from dozens of other injuries, I was mostly employed by three patients who had injuries on the trampoline. It was not a banal injury, but a broken femur, a broken tibia and a serial fracture of the sternum, “describes the specialist.

A typical trampoline fracture

The spine was broken by a 12-year-old boy who, while trying for the third somersault, landed in a forward bend and caused a compressive fracture of several thoracic vertebrae.

Even the youngest children do not avoid fractures. “But I was even more concerned about fractures in two other patients who were less than 3 years old,” and recalled that the first of them had caused a fracture of the tibia just below the knee, also known as a trampoline fracture. The last patient broke the femur at the top.

Sports by age

Radovan Hudák is not a opponent of movement. “I support sports, but it is necessary to know at what age which sport is suitable for children. Trampolines are unstable pads that are much harder to balance than on a solid floor. At the same time, they allow for much larger jumps with consequent impacts, which are much more difficult to coordinate, while the weight of the incident body increases many times with the height of the jump. “ recalls.

The National Institute of Childhood Illnesses also explains why we should pay attention to them. “Trampolines are risky in the sense that when a child jumps up, he cannot anticipate his movement and very often an accident occurs.” pointed out in the past NÚDCH.

At what age should a child be released on the trampoline? What not to try on it? You can find the recommendations of traumatologist Radovan Hudák on the other side.

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