Foot and Ankle Injuries Top List of Trampoline Troubles


The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has taken a public position in opposing recreational use of home trampolines in a policy statement published online September 24 in Pediatrics.

The Paper Notes that Multiple Users, Smallest Jumpers Most Susceptible

Most trampoline injuries occur when multiple people are using it at the same time, and the smallest individuals are up to 14 times more vulnerable to injury because of weight differences and their less-developed motor skills, according to the statement. Falling accounts for between 27% and 39% of injuries, and the risk for falling rises when the trampoline in use is on an uneven surface.

Use of padding does not seem to abate the risk for injury, and a third to a half of all injuries occur under adult supervision, the authors write. Children younger than 6 years account for between 22% and 37% of injuries presenting to emergency departments.

Foot and ankle injuries, such as ankle sprain, are most common (more than 60% in one study), 10% to 17% of injuries affect the head or neck, "and 0.5% of all trampoline injuries resulted in permanent neurologic damage," the authors warn.

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