Home trampoline danger: 1M visits to the ER


TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – Doctors say it’s one of the most dangerous activities for children, and it may be in your backyard.

The popularity of trampolines continues to rise since they were first invented in the 1930’s, along with it the number of ER related injuries.

“It has become the popular spot, and on the weekends a lot we see a lot of the children wanting to play,” said Brent, who owns a trampoline.

“To play” the reason he bought the trampoline for his nine year old daughter.

“It got her out of the house, out in the sun, and a lot of exercise,” said Brent.

When comes to the afternoon activity strict rules govern the use of this families trampoline.

“The rules are adult supervision, no more than two young children or one bigger child in at a time,” said Brent.

And that’s not all…

“We don’t let her go to the extreme height with jumping very much, and we only limit it for five or ten minutes at a time, then take a break and go back in,” added Brent.

Despite the need for kids to be healthy and active doctor’s say this is not the way to do it.

“There’s not a clear understanding to the parents of how dangerous it is,” said Dr. Keshava Reddy, M.D. at Regional Hospital in Terre Haute.

A new study from an Indiana University School of Medicine researcher finds from 2002 to 2011 trampolines were the result of 1 million ER visits.

“Bone injuries, strains, and sprains are common, but the less common injuries are more dangerous like the neck injuries and the head injuries, and this may paralyze the children,” said Reddy.

Injuries costing more than $1 billion over ten years.

“Even though the injuries are less serious it’s costing a lot to the American system,” said Reddy.

Brent goes as far as to say he would recommend a trampoline to other families as long as safety is a priority.

“It gives the children something fun to do, many, many hours of fun, but follow a set of rules,” he said.

The American Academy of Pediatrics has recommended against backyard trampolines since 1999.

Many homeowner insurance policies either prohibit them or have exclusion for trampoline injuries.

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