Trampoline Safety

So, every year, trampoline injuries account for hundreds of thousands of visits to hospital ERs and doctors’ offices. Primarily, these result in sprains and fractures which can be treated non-operatively with casts or occasionally require surgery. But every once and a while there are more severe injuries including paralysis and even death. The primary age that these occur is between 5-14 and generally children are unsupervised and multiple children are present on the trampoline at one time. The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery has issued a statement regarding recommendations in an effort to help reduce injury. These include that a backyard trampoline should not be used for unsupervised recreational activity, there should be a competent adult present at all times, there should only be one participant on the trampoline, trampolines are not recommended for children under the age of 6, and equipment should be checked regularly for safety conditions.


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