USA TODAY: Pediatricians say backyard trampolines are too dangerous
The latest word from a professional organization of pediatricians finds backyard trampolines dangerous enough that their use should be strongly discouraged, USA Today reported.
An updated policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics, published recently in the journal Pediatrics, finds that added safety features like nets and padding do not significantly decrease the risk of injury.
About 98,000 trampoline-related injuries resulting in 3,100 hospitalizations occurred in 2009, according to the most recent estimates available from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System, the article stated.
In 2004, the organization reported 112,000 injuries and 3,300 hospitalizations from trampoline-related injuries.
The majority of trampoline injuries occur when multiple people are jumping, and kids age five and younger are at a greater risk for significant injury.
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