Trampoline injuries are on the rise in South Florida – What you really need to know

Trampoline injuries are on the rise in South Florida – What you really need to know

Trampolines can be a lot of fun and a great way to exercise – until something goes wrong. For over 1 million people between the years of 2002 and 2011, something went wrong, and as a result, someone went to the emergency room. These figures do not include all the other individuals who suffered falls, cuts, sprains, and strains that did not warrant ER visits.

Over 95% of trampoline injuries occurred at home.

The last thing that any personal injury attorney in Fort Lauderdale wants to do is handle a case where a young child has been injured, paralyzed, or killed because he or she was merely jumping on a trampoline. Unfortunately, these risks are all too common today. Although many trampolines now come with safety netting enclosures, these do not prevent all injuries from occurring.

Trampoline Injury Statistics

A report from the National Institutes of Health surveyed the national database from 2002 to 2011 for trampoline injuries, with the following results:

Estimated 1,002,735 emergency department visits for trampoline-related injuries during this time 288,876 sustained fractures

  • 9.5 years – average age of those who sustained fractures
  • 2.7% were 16 years of age or under
  • 51.7% were male

Fractures were located as follows:

  • 59.9% upper extremity
  • 35.7% lower extremity

The remaining fractures were in the spine, skull/face, and rib/sternum

Total costs for emergency visits during this 10 year period for trampoline-related injuries was $1.002 billion, and $408 million for the fractures

Data sourced from the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s National Electronic Injury Surveillance System shows that 75% of trampoline injuries occur when multiple people are jumping on the trampoline mat at once, and in those cases, the smaller child had a 14 times greater likelihood of injury. In 2014, there were over 24 thousand trampoline-related visits to the ER of children between the ages of 2 and 5, with 42% of them suffering from bone fractures.

There are even times when a person does not have to be jumping on the trampoline for danger to be present. ABC News reported in 2013 that a 9-year-old girl in Utah died when the trampoline she was sitting on was blown over by a strong wind gust sending her flying more than 150 feet.

How to Protect Your Family from Trampoline Injuries

Protecting your family and friends from trampoline injuries requires appropriate and careful supervision, following any and all installation and equipment guidelines and safety measures, and competent instruction. This is not always available in someone’s backyard, or even at many of the jump parks that cater to young children.

No matter how closely you are supervising this activity, landing just off center on the foot can result in a fracture. From numerous surgeries to repair a break, to the weakening of the bone caused by a prior fracture, to the recurring pain that can last a lifetime, the risks associated with trampoline injuries may not be worth the few minutes of fun or exercise.

The American Academy of Pediatrics advises against recreational trampoline use. They found that 48% of injuries to children aged 5 or younger resulted in dislocations or fractures. Failed attempts at flips and somersaults frequently cause injuries to the cervical spine, resulting in consequences that can be both permanent and devastating.

The AAP report goes on to include the following:

  • Homeowners should verify that their insurance covers injuries associated with trampoline use and injury-related claims.
  • AAP guidelines may not be the same as rules and regulations for trampoline parks.
  • Trampolines being used as part of a structured sports training program should have the necessary safety, coaching, and supervision measures in place.

Lastly, you should check your homeowner’s insurance policy and speak with your insurance agent to ensure that you have the appropriate coverage in the event of an accident.

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