Elisa Shackelton: CSU Extension agent, Craig

I was distressed to see your front-page picture Tuesday, showing not one, but four beautiful children jumping on a trampoline at the same time. The trampoline did not have side guards, either.

I applaud the children's guardian for encouraging them to be outside getting fresh air and exercise, but the risk to these children far outweighs the benefits they receive by using the trampoline in the way they are.

In 2001 there were 91,870 hospital emergency room-treated injuries associated with trampolines. About 93 percent of the victims were younger than age 15, and 11 percent of these were children younger than 5. Since 1990, six deaths of children involved trampolines. Injuries and deaths were caused by:

n Colliding with another person on the trampoline.

n Landing improperly while jumping or doing stunts on the trampoline.

n Falling or jumping off the trampoline.

n Falling on the trampoline springs or frame.

Parents and child care providers of Craig: Please teach children how to use trampolines safely. Our children are the future -- let's make sure they get there safely!

Elisa Shackelton

CSU Extension agent

Craig

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