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Trampoline Fractures: Time to Spring into Action with Prevention :

December 12, 2019

Over the past decade, there have been efforts to warn families about the dangers of home trampolines.

Over the past decade, there have been efforts to warn families about the dangers of home trampolines. Hadley-Miller et al (10.1542/peds.2019-0889) have compiled data on fractures from the use of trampolines as collected using the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System from 2008-2017 in children from infancy to 17 years of age. The authors found an increase (3.85%) in the incidence of pediatric fractures per person-year (35.3 in 2008 to 53.0 per 100,000 person-years in 2017). They also noted an increase in injuries occurring at places outside of the home, such as recreation centers. The good news is that despite these increases, the odds of being hospitalized did not increase. While safety precautions are hopefully being taken with home trampolines, the increased odds of injuries occurring in recreational parks might mean that either children feel safer than they should and take more risks on trampolines in public settings, more children are going to these recreational trampoline parks which means more fractures, or the safety precautions that are assumed to be in place at recreational parks might need strengthening. Jump into the data from this study and decide what you can do to reduce the injury risk from trampolines either at home or in recreational facilities.

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