Surgeons Warn of Trampolines' Down Side
Very young children should stay off, group says
SATURDAY, July 29, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A trampoline may have your kids jumping for joy, but the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons reminds parents of potential dangers.
In 2015, more than 295,000 medically treated trampoline injuries occurred in the United States. These included almost 103,000 emergency department visits, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
"We want children to enjoy exercise and physical activity, especially during the summer months, but parents and caregivers should know about the dangers of trampolines and the risk for serious injury, especially in very young children," academy spokeswoman Dr. Jennifer Weiss said in a news release from the surgeons' group.
"Children younger than age 6 are less likely to have the coordination, body awareness and swift reaction time necessary to keep their bodies, bones and brains safe on trampolines," said Weiss, a Los Angeles pediatric orthopedic surgeon.
The most common trampoline injuries are sprains and fractures caused by falls on the trampoline mat, frame or springs; collisions with other jumpers; stunts gone wrong; and falls off the trampoline onto the ground or other hard surfaces, according to the safety commission.
The surgeons' group offers the following trampoline safety tips:
The American Academy of Pediatrics has more on trampolines.
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