We see many trampoline injuries at our orthopedic urgent care centers. With the warmer weather finally here, we expect to see more in the coming months. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, there were nearly 295,000 medically treated trampoline injuries in 2015—this includes more than 102,000 visits to the emergency room.

Most trampoline injuries occur on home trampolines and more than 90 percent are sustained by children—mostly between the ages of 5 and 14. More than three-quarters of trampoline injuries occur when two or more children are jumping at the same time and collide, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
Beyond a collision, other common injuries include falling on the springs, attempting risky stunts that go wrong and falling off the trampoline onto the ground.

Types of Injuries
Sprained ankles and broken arms are common trampoline injuries. Other common injuries involve sprains and fractures of the arms or legs, but more severe injuries are not uncommon. Landing improperly when attempting high-risk maneuvers can lead to head and neck injuries that are particularly devastating – sometimes resulting in paralysis or death.

Tips for Safer Trampoline Use
To help reduce the number and severity of trampoline injuries, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons recommends the following guidelines:

Maintain Your Trampoline

  • Before jumping, ensure that the trampoline’s supporting bars, springs, and surrounding landing surfaces are covered in adequate protective padding. All padding should be in good condition and positioned appropriately.
  • Check equipment regularly for tears, detachments, and deterioration. Discard worn or damaged equipment if replacement parts are not available.

Supervise and Use Caution

  • Provide careful adult supervision and instruction and ensure that jumpers follow proper safety measures. This is important for both recreational trampoline jumping and for more structured trampoline activities—such as physical education classes, competitive gymnastics, and diving training.

Do not allow a child younger than 6 years old to use a trampoline.

Allow only one person at a time on the trampoline.

Do not depend on a safety net enclosure alone to prevent injuries; many injuries occur on the mat of the trampoline.

Ensure that spotters are present when participants are jumping.

Do not allow participants to perform somersaults or other high-risk maneuvers without proper supervision and instruction. In addition, these maneuvers should never be attempted without the proper use of protective equipment, such as a harness.

Always place trampolines at ground level; a fall from a higher surface increases the risk of injury.

Remove trampoline ladders after use to prevent young children from climbing in and jumping without supervision.

Go Ortho provides quick access to sports medicine physicians who specialize in non-surgical orthopedic care. Instead of numerous visits to various doctors’ offices, GO Ortho orthopedic specialists control the flow of patient care so they move quickly from imaging to their all-important evaluation and treatment. Appointments at GO Ortho are billed as regular orthopedic office visits, so you avoid the ER waiting room and the emergency-level bill.

We offer diagnostic services (such as x-ray), casting and bracing in our offices. Same day appointments are available and are billed as regular orthopedic office visits, so you avoid the ER waiting room and the emergency-level bill. Specific information on our hours and locations can be found here.

GO Ortho has offices in Beachwood and Westlake. Learn more at godoctornow.com. Go Ortho was founded by Dr. Reuben Gobezie the founder/director of The Cleveland Shoulder Institute and Regen Orthopedics. For more information, visit clevelandshoulder.com, regenorthopedics.com or godoctornow.com.

GO Ortho is not a hospital emergency department and does not have the capacity to treat emergency or life-threatening conditions such as heart attack or stroke.

Source: https://orthoinfo.aaos.org/