Trampolines can offer hours of fun and exercise for children in the comfort of their own backyard; but parents cannot ignore the threats associated with their use. Injuries like broken bones and busted lips are worrisome, but reports of children getting paralyzed or killed are downright alarming. Although many trampoline manufacturers now install nets or other safety equipment, trampoline-related accidents/injuries are still on the rise, according to a report from the National Center for Biotechnology Information, a division of the National Institutes of Health.
Several groups, including the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Consumer Product Safety Commission, have taken a firm stance against trampolines, and recommend they only be used in a gym setting or for sports training.
“At present, trampolines cannot be made safe for recreational activities and are of an unacceptable risk even under supervision,” National Center for Biotechnology Information, a division of the National Institutes of Health.
About Trampoline Accidents
Information below provided by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
- Landing wrong while jumping
- Attempting stunts
- Colliding with another person on the trampoline
- Falling or jumping off the trampoline
- Landing on the springs or frame of the trampoline
- Broken bones
- Concussions and other head injuries
- Bruises, scrapes, and cuts
- Neck and spinal cord injuries that can result in permanent paralysis or death also occur.
Trampoline Accident Statistics
- 246,875 medically treated trampoline injuries occur annually in the U.S. (American Association of Orthopedic Surgeons)
- 186,405 of these injuries occurred among children aged 14 or younger.
- Hospital emergency room-treated trampoline injuries almost tripled from 1990-1999 (Consumer Product Safety Commission.)
- Nearly two-thirds of trampoline injury victims were children 6 to 14 years of age.
- About 15% of trampoline injuries involved young children under 6 years old.
Trampoline Safety Study
The trampoline safety study conducted by the National Center for Biotechnology Information indicated trampolines are not getting any safer, despite the use if safety nets or other security devices. About the study:
- A total of 265 children with a median age of 8.2 years (range 1 to 14) were included.
- Researchers found the injury rate was continuously growing from the year 2005 (10.6%) to 2007 (58.1%).
- Most of the injuries were recorded between April and September with a peak of injuries in August.
- 75% of all accidents happened in the afternoon; 40% of the injuries were classified as severe, 60% as mild.
- Nets or equal security devices were used in 56.6%.
- Trampolining is associated with a significant risk for bodily harm at any age and results in severe injuries in 40% of cases.
Trampoline Safety Tips
Information below provided by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
- Allow only one person on the trampoline at a time.
- Do not attempt or allow somersaults or other stunts.
- Use a trampoline with shock-absorbing pads that completely cover its springs, hooks, and frame.
- Place the trampoline away from structures and trees.
- No child under 6 years of age should use a full-size trampoline.
- Always supervise children who use a trampoline.
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