Royal Children’s Hospital has released new trampoline safety guidelines.
With Christmas fast approaching, Santa will be inundated with requests! Has your child asked for a trampoline? Maybe you are thinking of purchasing one at some stage? Or you might already own one?
The potential benefits of your child using a trampoline regularly are endless. As Occupational Therapists we also recommend the use of trampolines for a range of sensory processing and emotional regulation difficulties.
- Trampolining can be a great way to unwind after a long day at school or during stressful times. Not only is it fun, and a great distraction for their anxious thoughts, but this form of exercise can help to release endorphins which is a natural mood booster.
- Trampolining is also a great activity for our children with Sensory Processing difficulties as it stimulates their Vestibular and Proprioceptive senses which is beneficial for our sensory seekers and sensory defensive kids alike! The deep pressure they receive through their major joints and muscles during bouncing is calming for their nervous system.
- Not to mention it is a great way to get physical exercise!
If you have a trampoline already, or if you’re thinking about purchasing one, have you considered the best way to keep your child safe on and around it? Lucky for us, the Royal Children’s Hospital has released some guidelines to help keep your little ones safe when using a trampoline, including important safety considerations for setting up the right environment for a trampoline.
Some of their tips include:
- Use a spring free trampoline and one which is enclosed with a net to avoid falls from the trampoline.
- Enclose your trampoline with a fence to avoid unsupervised use (similar to pool fencing guidelines) and keep the area around the trampoline clear of obstacles or objects.
- How to regularly check for signs of damage to your trampoline (eg. rusting, broken nets, spring damage)
- One child to use the trampoline at a time and for short bursts to avoid fatigue and dizziness.
- Discourage the attempt of somersaults on the trampoline surface.
- Discourage eating and drinking whilst bouncing to avoid inhaling or choking on food.
Please follow the link for a complete list of their guidelines to safe trampoline use. As part of their ‘Backyard and Playground Safety’ Guidelines they also provide further information in relation to keeping your child safe on playground equipment and skateboard and scooters.
If you have ever been wondered whether a trampoline might be beneficial for your child please don’t hesitate to chat to your child’s treating OT.