Researchers find that half of children’s activities in the ER were injured by “dangerous” trampolining

The BMJ’s new report concluded that trampoline jumping is “fun but potentially dangerous” and causes a high percentage of broken bones in children

Trampolining is responsible for a high proportion of broken bones in children, according to a new study
Trampolining is responsible for a high proportion of broken bones in children, according to a new study

Half of all ER admissions for activity-related injuries in under-14s are for trampolining, new research suggests.

A report published in the BMJ’s Injury Prevention Journal analyzed 1.4 million trampoline injuries from around the world and concluded that “trampolining is fun but potentially dangerous.”

The activity has been found to be responsible for a high proportion of bone fractures in children, reports The times.

“Children who use trampoline centers are more likely to experience severe trauma and require surgical intervention than children who use home trampolines,” the report said.

It costs the NHS £905 to treat a child admitted for trampoline-related injuries, according to an analysis of 71 patients admitted to emergency services in Surrey.







Cuts, concussions and arm injuries are more common on home trampolines, most likely due to a lack of safety features
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The researchers also found that injuries sustained on trampolines in public parks tended to be more severe. They said this is because “the higher tensile strength used in commercial trampoline centers can create a harder bounce,” resulting in more pressure being placed on the bones when bouncing.

Young people who visited trampoline parks were twice as likely to suffer broken bones, sprains and muscle strains compared to those who used trampolines at home. In addition, those who fractured at a trampoline center were almost twice as likely to have surgery.

Cuts, concussions and arm injuries are more common on home trampolines than in trampoline parks, experts said, explaining the difference with the safety features found in trampoline parks, including padded walls.

The unique injury trend also appeared to be a global phenomenon, with the BMJ study finding that trampolining accounts for nearly 100,000 pediatric emergency room visits per year in the United States. Similarly, in Australia between 2002 and 2011, trampoline-related injuries were the reason 1,500 children were hospitalized each year.

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