Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Indoor Trampoline Gyms: Hours of Fun or Hours in the ER

I'm completely ignoring that nagging voice inside my head and that sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach as I delve ahead and book Jack's birthday party at an indoor trampoline gym. Never mind that this party will be held nearly 3 months after his birthday—sometimes life just gets in the way—I figure better late than never. Jack wanted a jumping party so my guilt kicked in and he's getting his wish.

Over the last few days, the warning signs keep popping up. A friend's daughter tore her ACL while jumping at a trampoline gym. A trip to the orthopedic surgeon will confirm if it's completely torn away from the bone as well. Of course her injury happened at a birthday party. The New York Yankees relief pitcher, Joba Chamberlain, completely dislocated his right ankle while jumping on a trampoline with his young son. This resulted in emergency surgery to his open flesh wound (meaning his ankle bone was completely sticking out of his foot). Ouch!

Then there's my own experience with one of my son's friends on a group outing with other 12-year old boys. His friend ended up fracturing his ankle within the first few minutes of a 90 minute jump session. As expected, this happened on my watch. I still feel horrible about his injury. I guess that's why these places won't let you through the door without a signed waiver form.

So yes I'm throwing all caution to the wind. My guilt over not having Jack's birthday party sooner is clearly overriding any safety concerns. Chances are his 9-year old friends will be just fine and completely tired out after their 2-hour trampoline jump on Friday afternoon. That's a good thing!

I'm just hoping I won't have to write a follow-up post about an ER visit.


Jo said...

Have fun :)

Christianna said...

I'm happy to report that we all survived 2 hours of jumping at Zero Gravity without a visit to the ER!