By: Sasha Emmons
In light of approximately 98,000 trampoline-related injuries in the U.S. each year, the American Academy of Pediatrics is advising against playing on home trampolines. Although injuries have been on a downward trend for the last few years, trampolines still led to about 31,000 hospitalizations in 2009--and injuries tend to happen most frequently in kids under 5.
Think you've safety-proofed your trampoline with nets and pads? Think again. "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," said Michele LaBotz, MD, FAAP, co-author of the updated policy statement. In fact, 75 percent of injuries occur on the mat, when multiple people are jumping. The most common injuries are sprains, strains and scrapes, but devastating spinal injuries can also be caused by failed flips. FallsRead More »from Danger in Your Own Backyard: AAP Advises Against Trampolines