Are Trampolines Safe or Not? Take the Poll
Trampolines are very popular in the United States. You can purchase a new trampoline with padding and enclosure for under $300. They're fun, I admit it. However, when I was ten-years-old, I was jumping with 3 other people, as we often did, and I got "power-boosted", which means I flew way up high and when I landed back on the trampoline, I was on my side and my leg had swung out funny upon landing. I cracked my femur on the growth plate. I was in a cast from my thigh to the tip of my toes for 6 weeks. The result today is that I have a 1-inch discrepancy between my legs and it causes pain in my foot, hip and back.
We have a perfect yard for a trampoline and I think about it, but I just can't. The only safe way to use a trampoline is one person at a time and let's face it, no kid thinks that is fun. Take the poll, do you think trampolines are safe or not?
There has been an increase in the number of home trampolines in recent years and a corresponding increase in the number of injuries reported, leading some medical organizations to suggest that they be banned. Authorities recommend that only one person should be allowed to jump at a time to avoid collisions and people being catapulted in an unexpected direction or higher than they expect.