Trampoline parks caused a higher percentage of fractures/ dislocations, lower extremity fractures, fractures in adults and surgical intervention compared with home trampolines, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
Researchers performed a retrospective review that assessed domestic trampoline and commercial jump park injuries over a 2-year period.
“Our study found that a higher percentage of fractures/dislocations, lower extremity fractures, fractures in adults and surgical interventions were associated with jump parks vs. home trampolines,” study co-author Ryan T. Voskuil, MD, told Healio.com/Orthopedics. “The data from our study provides a better understanding of the risks involved with home trampoline, and specifically jump park use, allowing a more informed experience.”
Investigators found 439 trampoline injuries at jump parks vs. 289 injuries on home trampolines. Jump park injuries included more fractures and dislocations (55% vs. 44%) compared with home trampoline injuries. Further, fractures and dislocations in adults accounted for 45% of injuries at jump parks vs. 17% at home trampolines. Jump parks also had more lower extremity fractures in both adults and children compared with home trampolines. The surgical rate for adults with jump park injuries was also higher than for adults with home trampoline injuries (23% vs. 10%).
“Jump parks are a great place to have fun, but we feel most people are unaware of the dangers,” Voskuil, said. “Our hope is that this new information will play an important role in public safety and prevention as an increasing emphasis is placed on these areas in the face of exploding health care expenses. Future research is needed to further evaluate ways to improve the safety profile of this recreation and understand the full societal and economic impact of jump park-related injuries.”– by Monica Jaramillo
Jump park injuries included more fractures and dislocations compared with home trampoline injuries.
Disclosures: Doty reports he or an immediate family member is a member of a speakers bureau or has made paid presentations on behalf of Arthrex; is as a paid consultant to Arthrex, Globus Medical, and Wright Medical Technology; and has stock or stock options held in Globus Medical. Please see the full study for a list of all other authors’ relevant financial disclosures.