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Home Trampolines Sent Over One Million to Emergency Rooms

Thu, 08 May 2014 20:46:25 +0000

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Over one million people were sent to the emergency room between 2002 and 2011 for injuries related to home trampoline use.

A study conducted by a researcher at the Indiana University School of Medicine and published in the Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics looked at the danger caused by the home trampoline over the last decade. More than 289,000 Americans suffered broken bones while using backyard trampolines during that time.

The study found that the average age of those who suffered fractures was just over nine years old, and nearly 93 percent of those with broken bones were under the age of 16. The findings support the American Academy of Pediatrics, which has recommended against home trampolines since 1999.

The most common broken bones suffered by trampoline users included the elbow, forearm, upper and lower leg, and ankle.

In total, emergency departments around the country spent about $1.002 billion in treating all injuries caused by trampoline use. Researchers say the financial burden to society proves that further efforts for injury prevention -- and safer trampoline use -- is necessary.

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