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I'm considering a trampoline for my boys this year for Christmas, including safety pads and enclosure, but it makes me SO nervous. I knew a girl growing up that was only a few years older than me who broke her neck on a trampoline and her brain was deprived of oxygen for long enough to cause permanent brain damage, so she was quadriplegic AND altered mentally. Am I being too overprotective? The safety additions weren't available in the early 80s that are available now. I don't want to decide "hell no" because of pregnancy hormones, when I know the boys would be thrilled, and it would give the, something to do out of my hair when Macadamia gets here.
My children have one and love it, and it is really good excerise for them. You just have to set the ground rules and make them follow them. I think we can all think of reasons to avoid toys like that, I was like that with my kids getting a 4-wheeler, but it has so far taught them responsability. We don't ever want our children to get hurt.
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I think trampolines can be so much fun! But I'm also a nervous mom. Lol.
I remember looking up safety for a friend who was considering getting one and was shocked to read that trampolines are responsible for something like 90,000 ER visits a year. Of course this was a couple of years ago that I looked this up.
But I think just like with anything else, if safety is enforced the chance of injury has to be greatly reduced, right?
I think as long as you have rules in place you'll be fine. I've had friends who've been hurt on trampolines and it's always been because of overcrowding or jumping on it in the dark or they weren't supervised.
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My mom's an ER nurse and has flat out refused to ever let me or my brothers ever have one. I can understand that they cause a lot of injuries though. My last experience on one was when I was 19, and I managed to give myself two black eyes (my knees hit my face!), a sprained neck, and a broken nose.
As long as you have rules in place and they know them, I think they will love having a trampoline. I never had one as a kid and I always wanted one. My cousin had one and we had a BLAST on hers every time I was over there.
My children have a trampoline and they absolutely love it! They are both very sensible on it so I don't really worry about them having an accident. I think so long as you have a few basic rules in place, such as no flips/tricks, no taking toys on the trampoline, only one at a time and no playing on it unless supervised by an adult then your boys should be fine.