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Thousands injured by trampolines yearly


POSTED: Friday, August 23, 2013 - 5:24pm

UPDATED: Friday, August 23, 2013 - 5:38pm

Trampolines have been a part of many american's childhoods for years, but that doesn't mean they're safe. One bad bounce, and it could send you flying to the hospital.

Physicians say typically the most common injuries are orthopedic type injuries, sprains, strains of the legs, and arms. We do see fractures.

The American Academy of Pediatrics has officially discouraged the use of trampolines since 1977. The National Electronic Injury Surveillence System estimates that 98,000 kids a year are injured on trampolines. Forty-percent of these injuries are sprains and fractures, usually in the foot and ankle region.

Sometimes the injuries can't be fixed with just a cast or a wrap. Last week a nine year old girl from Utah was killed by a trampoline, while many others have been paralyzed. Health experts say, if you do decide to use a trampoline, do it safely.

Dr. Justin McInnis of Family First Urgent Care in Jacksonville says, "Most people that get hurt on trampolines when too many people are on there at one time. Trampolines are most safe when it's just one person jumping at a time. All trampolines should have the side netting and guard because the most serious injuries happen when the people go flying off the trampoline onto the ground."

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