Dual jumpers leads to trampoline injuries
Dual jumpers leads
to trampoline injuries NEW
ORLEANS - Jumping up and down on a trampoline might not be all fun and games for some children. Orthopaedic
surgeons at Arkansas Children's Hospital found more
than 4 percent (31 patients) of the 720 patients seen
in its hospital emergency room for orthopaedic injuries
over a five-year period were injured on trampolines.
poster exhibit, displayed on Saturday at the 65th annual
meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons,
found 14 patients' injuries involved the lower leg bone.
The patients' ages in the study ranged from 18 months
to 9 years old.
type of injury typically occurs when several children
are using the trampoline and not jumping in unison,
said study co-author Rosalind White, RN, division of
pediatric orthopaedics, Arkansas Children's Hospital,
Little Rock, Ark. "As one child impacts the mat,
the other child is in the air," she explained.
the downwardly moving child impacts the upwardly moving
mat, the force causes the lower leg to break, said study
co-author R. Dale Blasier, MD, division of pediatric
orthopaedics, Arkansas Children's Hospital.
of the children seen in the emergency room presented
with a minimally displaced fracture of the lower leg.
The children were placed in a cast and healing occurred
within three weeks.
recognizing how the injury happens, we may be able to
help prevent them," White said. "We also have
developed some trampoline safety tips that orthopaedic
surgeons can discuss with their patients." To
help make trampoline use safer, Dr. Blasier and
White suggest following the guidelines developed by
the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons in its
Position Statement "Trampolines and Trampoline Safety":
In 1996, 83,312 persons were treated in hospital emergency rooms for injuries related to trampolines, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). The orthopaedic researchers found that the CPSC recorded 19,000 persons with trampoline injuries in 1976. "These numbers further enforce the need to educate youth about the dangers of trampoline use," White said. An orthopaedic surgeon is a medical doctor with extensive training in the diagnosis and nonsurgical as well as surgical treatment of the musculoskeletal system, including bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles and nerves. The 17,000-member American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons is a not-for-profit organization that provides education programs for orthopaedic surgeons, allied health professionals, and the public and is an advocate for improved patient care. The Academy's annual meeting is being held March 19-23, 1998 at the Morial Convention Center, New Orleans.