Think trampolines are safe for your kids as long as you have padding and a safety net? Think again.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says that there is a still a risk to having a trampoline, even when using safety equipment.
The elements that make jumping on a trampoline fun-- jumping with your friends, doing flips, and jumping as high as you can, are often what make trampolines more dangerous.
An estimated 98,000 trampoline injuries occurred in 2009, leading to 3,100 hospitalizations according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Most trampoline injuries reportedly happen when multiple people are jumping on the trampoline. Cervical spine injuries often occur with falls off the trampoline and when people attempt flips and somersaults, not because of a lack of safety padding, according to the AAP report.
The APP also reports about 20 percent of trampoline injuries happen from coming in direct contact with the trampoline frame and springs. The study suggests that using spring padding doesn't lower the chance of being injured, and rapid deterioration of padding is cited as the top potential reason for the lack of safety efficacy.
Read more about the study here .
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