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Doctors: Trampolines Dangerous for Kids

Injuries occur even when an adult is supervising, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.

 

The American Academy of Pediatrics has stiffened its stance against trampolines.

“Pediatricians need to actively discourage recreational trampoline use,” said Michele LaBotz, MD, FAAP, co-author of the updated policy statement. “Families need to know that many injuries occur on the mat itself, and current data do not appear to demonstrate that netting or padding significantly decrease the risk of injury.” 

But Nikki Vandeputte of Bounce! Trampoline Sports in Valley Cottage said that the business is strict on safety. 

"What we offer here is we have multiple trampolines and they are all at floor level. As opposed to the backyard trampolines, they can't fall off. We also have wall trampolines," she said. We have 3-4 monitors on each court that are similar to lifeguards. There have not been any injuries in the past couple of months."

She added that in the past, there have only been a few sprained ankles. 

"It is a physical activity but at the same time, it's pretty safe. It has very low impact on people's bodies because of the give of the trampolines," said Vandeputte. She added that NASA had released an article stating that trampolines were the best man-made form of excercise because of its low impact and high cardio. 

American Academy of Pediatrics states that the problems that come with trampolines are:

  • More children than adults are injured on trampolines
  • Almost 98,000 injuries resulted in 3,100 hospitalizations in 2009, the latest year for which data is available
  • 75 percent of injuries occur when more than one person is jumping
  • The youngest and smallest are at greater risk
  • Falls off a trampoline, potentially catastrophic, accounted for 27-39 percent of injuries
  • Netting or padding does not appear to significantly reduce risk

Homeowners with a trampoline should make sure their insurance covers trampoline-injury claims, the AAP said. 

Ramon Guzman September 26, 2012 at 04:29 PM
The article practically blames the trampoline as the problem. Trampoline and/or Gymnastics is probably the best thing you could do for your young child!! Does anyone remember climbing ropes to ring the bell or the peg boards in school? So many children are just weak and eat poorly these days. Also if you let your child jump unsupervised or get in the mix of multiple different age jumpers . YOU ARE THE PROBLEM. PLUS, The bigger problem is the Inflatables and places like "Bounce" that push the limit on " staff to kids" ration. In order to turn any profit, they have high school age kids, " watching"!
Mike V September 26, 2012 at 10:43 PM
GEEZ!!! Let kids play.My son broke foot, wrist and finger playing baseball. Other son broke finger wrestling. Do I allow them to still do it? YES!!!! We must let kids be kids!! Better than sitting at PC,video games and TV! Think about what WE did as kids. C'mon, enough is enough!! Can't wrap them up in bubble wrap and sit them down.
JC Brotherhood September 27, 2012 at 01:35 PM
http://www.theonion.com/articles/pediatricians-stop-using-trampolines%2c29693/?utm_source=09-26-12&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_campaign=weekly_dispatch
sue September 28, 2012 at 03:06 PM
Let kids be kids! Ramon, you are right. There are too many kids that are not physically active enough. There is risk in any sport or game you play. Children will sometimes get hurt, that's life. We have had no trampoline related injuiries, but our fair share from soccer, hockey, bike riding and playing in the yard. I didn't stop my kids from doing any of those things...come on, lighten up and let kids play
joe honest January 15, 2013 at 01:57 PM
i know for a fact of a few children breaking ankles at bounce because it is poorly supervised. There are teenagers supervising that have no experience in trampoline let alone any gymnastics background. So to Nikki, you need to be honest.

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