Trampoline Danger: Safety Measures Inadequate
Injuries continue to happen on trampolines despite preventative measures such as padding and enclosures, news outlets report.
Trampolines Still Dangerous
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) urges against the recreational use of trampolines. The AAP claims that padding and safety nets are “no assurance of safety.” The reason is because most injuries happen on the mat itself, often with multiple jumpers on at the same time. These child injuries still occur despite adult supervision. One needs only to look as far as injury statistics, posted by MedPageToday, to see that trampoline safety measures are not having a substantial positive effect.
Trampoline Injury Statistics
- In 2004, trampoline injuries peaked at 38 per 100,000 children.
- In 2009, trampoline injuries declined to 32 per 100,000 children.
- Part of that trend, however, appears to be due to declining popularity: Equipment sales have shown a downturn since 2004.
- 75% of trampoline injuries occur when there are multiple jumpers on the mat.
- Somersaults, flips, and falls are also linked to a higher risk of head and cervical spine injury.
- Fractures and dislocations are more likely in children age 5 or younger.
AAP Suggestions for Safety
Although the AAP advises against the recreational use of trampolines, the AAP suggests some safety precautions for families who use trampolines.
- Restrict use to a single jumper on the mat at a time.
- No somersaults or flips.
- Make sure the trampoline is in a clear area, on a level surface with adequate protective padding, and is in good condition.
- Worn or damaged trampolines should be discarded.
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