Pediatricians: Kids Should Stay Off Trampolines
The American Academy of Pediatrics released a statement warning families against the use of trampolines.
As fall weather arrives and children gravitate outside after school, experts are suggesting that parents keep kids away from trampolines.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released a statement warning parents of the dangers of trampolines, according to Reuters Health.
Updating its recommendation from 1999 that caused manufacturers to add safety features like nets and padding, the APP states that these measure may "provide a false sense of security."
"As best we can tell, the addition of safety nets and padding has actually not changed the injuries we have seen," sports medicine specialist Dr. Susannah Briskin, who helped draft the statement, told Reuters Health.
Briskin said that, while the number of national trampoline injuries have been dropping - 111,851 ER trips in 2004 compared to 97,908 in 2009 - it doesn't mean that they've become more safe, since the number of trampolines have also decreased.
JumpSport Inc. founder and president Mark Publicover does not agree with the recommendation, telling Reuters Health that he invented a safety net that cuts for trampolines that cut injuries in half.
Publicover also said that trampolines are safer than other options for children, such as climbing trees or using swings.
For much more information on this topic, read the Reuters Health article.