Pediatricians Advise Against Recreational Trampoline Use

Pediatricians Advise Against Recreational Trampoline Use

September 24, 2012 Updated Sep 24, 2012 at 2:32 PM EDT

The American Academy of Pediatrics is advising against recreational trampoline use.

According to a news release from AAP issued Monday:

An updated report by the American Academy of Pediatrics cautions against home trampoline use, and provides updated data on the number of and types of injuries caused by trampolines.

Trampoline injury rates have steadily been decreasing since 2004. In 2009, however, the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS) estimated almost 98,000 trampoline-related injuries in the U.S., resulting in 3,100 hospitalizations. The rates of trampoline injury appear higher for children than in adults.

“Pediatricians need to actively discourage recreational trampoline use,” said Michele LaBotz, MD, FAAP, co-author of the updated policy statement. “Families need to know that many injuries occur on the mat itself, and current data do not appear to demonstrate that netting or padding significantly decrease the risk of injury.”

Most trampoline injuries (75 percent) occur when multiple people are jumping on the mat. The smallest and youngest participants are usually at greater risk for significant injury, specifically children 5 years of age or younger. Forty-eight percent of injuries in this age group resulted in fractures or dislocations.

Common injuries in all age groups include sprains, strains and contusions. Falls from a trampoline accounted for 27 percent to 39 percent of all injuries, and can potentially be catastrophic. Many injuries have occurred even with adult supervision.

Read the news release from the American Academy of Pediatrics HERE.

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