By the numbers

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

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]

Recommended

6 outstanding homes built in the 1940s
House
Feature

6 outstanding homes built in the 1940s

The Check-In: 2022's best and worst airports, and more
Airplanes.
Feature

The Check-In: 2022's best and worst airports, and more

The Week contest: Walker robber
A man with a walker.
Feature

The Week contest: Walker robber

Is plant-based meat a failure?
A plantburger.
Briefing

Is plant-based meat a failure?

Most Popular

Russian military bloggers are reportedly irate over Ukraine drone strikes
Drone strike inside Russia
Fear Factor

Russian military bloggers are reportedly irate over Ukraine drone strikes

The 1st 3 weeks of Trump's presidential campaign have been brutal
Donald Trump
Maybe it's a sign?

The 1st 3 weeks of Trump's presidential campaign have been brutal

Jan. 6 Congressional Gold Medal recipients snub GOP officials
Gladys Sicknick, Mitch McConnell, Kevin McCarthy
...

Jan. 6 Congressional Gold Medal recipients snub GOP officials