The American Academy of Pediatrics are saying that trampolines are too dangerous for children to use. They have issued a warning against them after nearly 100,000 injuries occurred in 2009.
But even when safety precautions are taken, trampolines can still be dangerous, said Dr. Michele LaBotz, a lead author of the new AAP statement and a sports medicine physician at Intermed Sports Medicine in Portland, Me.
And attempts by the trampoline industry to make things safer, like the addition of nets, don’t seem to have made much difference, LaBotz said. They do, however, tend to lull parents into a false sense of security.
National Electronic Injury Surveillance System data has indicated that smaller/younger children are at a greater risk for serious injury especially when jumping alongside others.
Among the most common injuries in all age groups, include sprains, strains and contusions. Falls from the trampoline accounted for 37 to 39 percent of all injuries and can be potentially catastrophic, the authors reported. (read more)
The trampoline industry maintains that since the addition of the safety net, the number of injuries has been on the decline.
Mark Publicover, founder and president of JumpSport Inc, a trampoline manufacturer in San Jose, California, scoffed at the AAP's recommendations.
He said he invented a safety net that encircles the trampoline and cuts the number of injuries by half.
For parents who are unwilling to stop their kids from using trampolines, the AAP offers a number of tips to make the activity safer.
Those steps include checking that your insurance policy covers trampoline-related claims; using the mat one at a time, having effective padding around springs and frame, placing the trampoline on level ground, avoiding somersaults and flips and actively supervising kids. (read more)
Safety precautions will be paramount while using a backyard trampoline.