Bouncing on a backyard trampoline can be fun for kids of all ages. But the inherent dangers associated with trampolines are making parents pack these up and ship them off to the dump. Doctors at the American Association of Pediatrics are warning that trampoline use could cause serious injury to children..
With over 97,000 trampoline injuries reported per year and over 3,000 hospitalizations, parents are reconsidering this childhood pastime. Parental supervision doesn’t seem to be an adequate deterrent when there are dangers lurking in worn out pads, springs poking out, and netting that doesn’t stop a fall.
"One-third to one-half of all trampoline-related injuries happened with an adult supervising trampoline use," says Susannah Briskin, MD, a co-author of the policy statement. "If injuries are still occurring, adults are likely not appropriately monitoring behavior on the mat."
Trampolines Are Especially Harmful to Small Children
No parent wants to see their pride and joy injured, but trampoline injuries are a serious problem. 75% of these injuries occur when multiple people are bouncing on the trampoline. According to the American Association of Pediatrics, trampolines are 14% more likely to be a danger to small children with injuries such as broken bones, concussions, bruises, cuts and gashes, asphyxiation, and more. When big kids bounce next to their younger siblings, it’s likely the big kid will fall on the younger child and trap him or her beneath him.
This can lead to serious problems.
Doctors such as Ruth Borgen, MD, medical director of the pediatric emergency department at Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey, see a lot of trampoline related injuries. "We see broken bones and bruises, or kids who fall off the trampoline and break an arm. I tell my patients the recommendations from AAP -- that you're at high risk for injury. The little kids aren't as coordinated. Their heads are bigger than their bodies so they're more likely to land on their heads."
Know How To Protect Your Child
- Protect your child by ensuring he or she bounces alone.
- Don’t let your child bounce unsupervised.
- Follow all safety precautions recommended on the device.
- Keep the device properly maintained.
If Your Child Has Been Injured On a Trampoline
If your child has been injured on a trampoline, you should seek immediate medical attention. Consult your home owner’s policy to see if trampoline accidents are covered. You may want to call an attorney to discuss your legal remedies if your child has been injured on one of these devices.