A Michigan mother is warning other parents to be careful after her 9-year-old son suffered second- and third-degree burns using a treadmill.
"I never expected this to happen," says Cayden Thorton’s mother, Amanda Machado. "I know you can get hurt on a treadmill but I never thought you could get burns like that.”
Defying his mother’s orders, the boy had turned on the treadmill before being thrown off.
Layers of his skin fell off while he was trapped between the wall and the treadmill’s rotating belt, causing the burns, reports WJBK.
After he was hospitalized, Machado said doctors informed her that treadmill-related burns actually affect a lot of children.
It is advised parents keep treadmill keys away from their kids to avoid any injuries.
According to a study released in late 2013, children injured by exercise equipment and more during physical education classes had increased by 150 percent from 1997-2007, NBC reports.
In 2007 alone, reports indicated 60,000 children were hospitalized after being injured during physical education classes.
"Children got hurt by running into equipment or having contact with structures or other persons," said the study's senior author Lara McKenzie of Nationwide Children's Hospital in Ohio. "They had heat stroke, fainting and heart palpitations."
The study used data from 100 representative hospitals nationwide. It is reportedly one of the first of its kind to investigate the problem on a nation-wide level.
It found that factors such as inadequate adult supervision, a shortage of school nurses, greater class sizes, and poorly trained physical education teachers may be to blame.
"Classroom teachers who aren't trained in P.E. might not recognize situations that can cause injury," Richardson said, adding that some school districts don’t require physical education teachers to be certified.
Still, they say, that doesn’t mean these classes should be scrapped.
"Physical education in schools is one of our main tools to increase physical activity and prevent childhood obesity," McKenzie said.
Rather, the study’s author believes these classes simply need to be improved.
"Being healthy doesn't have to hurt,” added McKenzie.