Most trampoline-related fractures occurred in kids – 92.7 percent occurred in people ages 16 and younger.
More than one million people went to the ER for trampoline-related injuries between 2002 and 2011 according to the Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics study, at a cost of over $1 Billion dollars.
More than half of broken bones were in the upper extremities — 59.9 percent — while 35.7 percent were in the lower extremities.
The most common upper extremity fractures were of the
• forearm (37 percent)
• elbow (19 percent)
while the most common lower extremely injuries were of the
• lower leg (39.5 percent)
• ankle (31.5 percent)
The American Academy of Pediatrics says, ” mini and full-sized trampolines never be used at home, in routine gym classes, or on playgrounds. They should only be used in supervised training programs for gymnastics, diving, or other competitive sports. Only one person should be allowed on a trampoline at any given time.”
But, if you choose to ignore their advice, they recommend the following safety precautions:
• Adult supervision at all times
• Only ONE jumper on the trampoline at a time
• No somersaults performed
• Adequate protective padding on the trampoline that is in good condition and appropriately placed
• Check all equipment often
• When damaged, protective padding, the net enclosure, and any other parts should be repaired or replaced
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