Reasons to agree: +7
- Their is little risk of falling off a trampoline if you have netting.
- Trampolines are no more dangerous than football.
- Trampolines are perhaps no more dangerous than swimming pools, but they are much less expensive, and take less maintenance.
- Trampolines with netting on the side are not too dangerous.
- Kids jump on beds. You can't stop kids from jumping on stuff.
- Cars are dangerous, and we aren't going to stop driving cars are we? Obviously its not that simple. For instance, cars are more important than trampolines. But it is not required that you drive to unimportant places. Therefore, you can compare the danger and importance of driving to a park to jumping on the trampoline: both are recreational activities with some risk. The question is how much risk? How important is the activity? Obviously, a trampoline derives its importance as a form of recreation, and so you can't answer the question without first asking yourself how important recreation is. Recreation is important, because life needs to be enjoyable or else at some point suicide, depression, and associated dangers becomes a risk. Life without exercise is also a risk. To some degree, with our obesity problems, video games, cable, and TV may be more dangerous than trampolines. Some historic background might also be useful. For instance how would the danger of jumping on a trampoline compare to the danger associated with recreation "in the olden days" (like going to the local swimming hole).
- Although cars are more dangerous, but we aren't going to stop driving.
- The Mayo Clinic says they are too dangerous (logical fallacy: appeal to authority).
- Falling off a trampoline or using a trampoline incorrectly can result in strains, sprains, fractures and other injuries — including potentially serious head and neck injuries.
- According to Jay L. Hoecker, MD, as writing on the May Clinic's website, "the risk of injury is so high that the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says that trampolines should never be used at home or in outdoor playgrounds". However the link to this claim on the AAP's website is not provided, and there is no direct quote, indicating that it is a summary. Summaries always result in some degree of misrepresentation.
- My brother broke his fiance's leg on a trampoline (but it didn't have a net, and anecdotal evidence does not prove specific probabilities
- My brother broke my other brother's leg on the trampoline (but it didn't have a net, and anecdotal evidence does not prove specific probabilities. For instance my brother also broke his arm riding a bike, and few people think bikes are too dangerous).
# of reasons to agree: +7
# of reasons to disagree: -5
# of reasons to agree with reasons to agree: +0
# of reasons to agree with reasons to disagree: -0
Total Idea Score: +2
<Images that agree>
- Me on a trampoline on Jessie Lane, Nampa Id. What an awesome back yard...
- On Trampoline on Southpowerline, before prom. I was able to do backflips without ever hurting my kneck.
- On trampoline, dressed for Halloween. <Images that agree>
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