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The dangers of owning a home trampoline: By the numbers
The American Academy of Pediatrics is now recommending that parents remove the bouncy — and hazardous — contraptions from their backyards
 
Approximately 85 percent of the 900,000 trampolines sold come with a safety net, which are apparently not doing a very good job of keeping kids safe.
Approximately 85 percent of the 900,000 trampolines sold come with a safety net, which are apparently not doing a very good job of keeping kids safe.
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Trampolines can provide hours of fun, but they can also lead to serious life-altering injuries. In 1999, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) required manufacturers to add safety features like surrounding safety nets to mitigate risk. But now, after assessing years of findings, the AAP says the features provide a false sense of security, and the group is urging pediatricians to discourage parents from setting up trampolines at their homes. Though the estimated number of trampoline injuries nationwide has been decreasing, the recreational devices are still considered dangerous. Here, a look at the numbers behind this risky contraption:

111,851
Trampoline-related injuries treated in the ER in 2004

97,908
Trampoline-related injuries treated in 2009

3,100
Those who were required to remain in the hospital in 2009

10,700
Children in the U.S. hospitalized every year as a result of bicycle crashes

61,000
Children in the U.S. injured every year because of skateboarding 

85
Percentage of the approximately 900,000 consumer trampolines sold each year that include a safety net

75
Percentage of trampoline-related injuries resulting from multiple people jumping on the mat at the same time

48
Percentage of injuries in the 5-and-under age range that result in fractures or dislocations

27 to 39
Percentage of all injuries caused by falls. These can be "potentially catastrophic," says the AAP

20
Percentage of injuries caused by direct contact with the springs or frame

50
Percentage of injuries that damaged the lower extremities, including ankle sprains

10 to 17
Percentage of injuries to the head and neck, which are less common but can cause "permanent neurological damage"

Sources: American Academy of Pediatrics, BabbleMy Health News DailyRacing for Safety [PDF]

 

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