Most trampoline injuries suffered by kids and at home: study

Indianapolis – Injuries stemming from trampoline incidents sent more than 1 million children to hospital emergency departments between 2002 and 2011, according to a recent study from the Indiana University School of Medicine.

Researchers reviewed data using the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System and found that nearly 300,000 of those injured sustained broken bones. About 60 percent of the fractures involved the upper extremities, including fingers, hands, forearms and elbows. The average age of the children injured was about 9.

Almost all of the fractures – 95 percent – took place at the child’s home. Researchers noted that both the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons strongly advise against home trampoline use.

The study was published online in the Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics.