The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that trampolines should not be used at home or school and should not be regarded as play equipment. Too many children are being injured, sometimes severely, occasionally fatally.
The pediatricians first called for a ban on trampolines in schools in 1977 because of the high number of quadriplegic injuries associated with them.
Yet well-meaning parents keep buying trampolines for backyard use and the injuries continue to climb.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates 83,000 emergency room visits were linked to trampolines in 1996. That represents a 140% increase since 1990. In that time, six deaths have been attributed to trampolines.
Doctors and safety experts say trampolines should never be used for unsupervised recreational activity. Children should be allowed on trampolines only at training facilities where competent supervision and protective equipment is in place - never at home. Getting hurt is easy
Typical trampoline injuries are sprains and fractures, often severe, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. They are most often caused when participants:
By the numbers...
- Collide with another participant on the trampoline at the same time,
- Land improperly while doing jumps or stunts,
- Fall or jump off the trampoline,
- Fall on the springs or frame.
|6:||Deaths attributed to trampolines since 1990.|
|93:||Percentage of trampoline injuries occurring at home.|
|83,000:||Emergency room visits linked to trampolines in 1996.|
|272,00,000:||Dollars spent on medical, legal, insurance and disability costs in 1995.|