Pediatricians around the country have come out against backyard trampoline use many times in the past. Now, armed with updated data, they're out with a reminder about the dangers of trampolines.
The good news is that trampoline injuries have steadily declined. But there were still nearly 98,000 trampoline-triggered injuries in the U.S. in 2009.
Common injuries include sprains, strains and contusions. Falls accounted for 27-39% of all injuries and kids ages 5 and under were at the highest risk with 48% of injuries resulting in fractures or dislocations.
The more children jumping at the same time, the higher the risk of injury.
The American Academy of Pediatrics would like to see parents turn their backs on the trampoline and find another, safer form of family recreation.