Doctors: Trampolines too dangerous for children

American Academy of Pediatrics cites nearly 100,000 injuries in 2009

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Trampoline injuries happen more often than many people may think, and now doctors are speaking out about how dangerous they really are.

The American Academy of Pediatrics says trampolines are too dangerous for children, citing nearly 100,000 injuries in 2009.

Even so, some parents probably still won't be willing to give up the one in their backyard.

Failed attempts at somersaults and flips on trampolines can cause serious injuries and can have life-long consequences, doctors say, which is why they're warning parents against letting their children jump on one.

The National Electronic Injury Surveillance System says falls account for 37 to 39 percent of all injuries on a trampoline. Doctors say even trampolines with netting around them still don't keep children safe.

"Unfortunately, this does not reduce the contact to contact portion of the injuries," said Dr. Rene Pulido, of Emed Primary Care.

About 75 percent of trampoline injuries occur when multiple people are jumping and are the result of contact injuries, such as heads bumping together or other body parts hitting each other.

"I believe by reducing the amount of children jumping, that will reduce some of the contact by person to person," Pulido said.

Although it may sound over-protective, children can suffer broken bones, and in rare cases some have died because of a trampoline accident.

So doctors give this advice:

Trampolines should be set on a level surface and in an area cleared of any surrounding hazards.

Homeowners with a trampoline should verify that their insurance covers trampoline injury-related claims.

And most importantly, parents should supervise their children and their friends when they are jumping.

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