Trampolines and Safety Concerns issued by AAP

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.

 

 

 

 

Trampoline Dangers

Now that spring has sprung and we find ourselves outdoors more, one very popular activity is "jumping on a trampoline". While it is fun, it can be very dangerous.

In 2009, an estimated 98,000 people were treated in emergency rooms for trampoline-related injuries. Eight-two percent of the injured were children under age 15.

"I call them quad machines," trampoline safety expert Marc Rabinoff said of trampolines. "It can turn you into a quadriplegic in four seconds."

While there are warnings with regard to trampolines, such as only one person at a time and children under 6 should not be allowed to jump, some insurance companies will no longer cover trampoline incidents.

Insurance companies call trampolines an "attractive nuisance" and recommend that homeowners fence their yards if they have one.

Some insurance companies do not cover trampolines. That means that in the case of an accident or injury, the homeowner could be liable to pay for it.

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Trampoline Defect

Stamina Products are paying a civil penalty for  failing to report product defects with the mini  trampoline.  The following is the  release by the CPSC:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced today that a Missouri-based manufacturer of trampolines has agreed to pay the government a $105,000 civil penalty. The penalty settles allegations that Stamina Products, of Springfield, Mo., failed to report in a timely manner injuries from defective mini-trampolines. In April 2006, CPSC and Stamina Products announced the recall of about 668,000 mini-trampolines.

Between April 2002 and June 2005, Stamina Products received eight reports from consumers who alleged that the trampoline sprang back during the folding/unfolding process causing facial lacerations that required stitches, broken teeth, bruises, headaches, neck pain, broken facial bones, loss of mouth sensation, and blurred vision. Stamina Products failed to report these incidents to the CPSC in a timely manner. CPSC was finally informed of the incidents in July 2005.

Federal law requires firms to report to CPSC within 24 hours after obtaining information that a product contains a defect which could create a substantial product hazard, or creates an unreasonable risk of serious injury or death.

In agreeing to settle the matter, Stamina Products denies that it violated federal law.

Picture of Recalled Trampoline