Could Naples Children Be “Jumping” Into Trouble?

by Carmen Dellutri on November 5, 2012

Naples injury attorneyTrampolines have become commonplace in Naples’ backyards and all over the country. However, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is warning that this popular recreational activity could be putting children at serious risk for injury.

"Unfortunately, the very forces that make trampoline use fun for many children also lead to unique injury mechanisms and patterns of injury," the AAP writes in new guidelines published in the journal Pediatrics.

Below are some of the alarming trampoline injury statistics highlighted in the report:

  • In 2009, trampolines resulted in 98,000 injuries, with children under six at greatest risk.
  • Falls account for up to 40 percent of trampoline injuries, with risk increased when the trampoline is placed on uneven ground.
  • Most injuries occur (75%) when more than one child is using the trampoline at the same time. The smallest of the children using the trampoline is 14 times more likely to be injured, as they absorb the added force caused by the jumping of the larger children.
  • Falls account for up to 40 percent of trampoline injuries. Accidents are more common when the trampoline is placed on uneven ground.
  • Common injuries include fractures, dislocations, sprains, strains, bruises and other soft-tissue injuries. Head and neck injuries have also been reported, which in rare cases resulted in permanent brain damage.

To make matters worse, the AAP concludes that unlike swimming pools or bicycles, there are no proven ways to make trampolines less dangerous. In fact, the report states that safety nets that are now included in most home trampolines can even increase the risk of injury. Also, more than half of the accidents examined occurred while adults were nearby.

Ultimately, the AAP recommends avoiding recreational trampoline use entirely. So, although jumping on a trampoline is certainly fun and good exercise, the risk for serious injury should make parents think twice.

Source: CBS News

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