Trampolines more dangerous than fun
Posted February 27, 2013
Updated February 28, 2013
Last summer, instead of going to the pool again, Molly Devine and her two children went to a new indoor trampoline park.
Devine was on the same trampoline as her 3-year old son Luke when he suddenly laid down in pain.
“I was like ‘Get up Luke. You’re fine.’ And he couldn’t get up,” Devine said.
He fractured his tibia bone just below the knee.
Dr. Bob Zura, an orthopaedic surgeon at Duke who treated Luke, said he's seeing more trampoline-related injuries in his clinic. Another patient was also at an indoor trampoline park when she broke and dislocated her ankle.
“It broke through her growth plate,” Zura said.
Pins and screws now hold it together.
Roughly three percent of homes in the United States have a trampoline on the property, and an estimated $280 million a year is spent by insurance companies to treat injuries caused by trampoline use.
Professional medical organizations offer the following guidelines for trampolines.
- Only one person should jump on a trampoline at a time.
- Children should be supervise by an adult.
- Trampoline should have side netting and pads over springs.
But Zura warns that even those who take precautions can still end up with severe and catastrophic injuries.
Luke’s fracture put him in a cast for about three weeks.
Now he’s back to normal.
He and his sister, Harper, have seen the last of trampolines.
“If I were to be at someone’s home and there was a trampoline, my kids would not be jumping on it,” Devine said.