NEW ORLEANS — Research presented at the AAP National Conference & Exhibition highlighted a significant increase in the number of trampoline-related fractures sustained by children between 2008 and 2017.
Researchers noted that the rise in trampoline-related injuries overlapped with an increase in the popularity of trampoline parks.
“Based on our data, we do not know exactly why this significant increase in pediatric trampoline fractures occurred,” Nancy Hadley-Miller, MD, professor and pediatric orthopedic surgeon at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and Children’s Hospital of Colorado, told Infectious Diseases in Children. “An increase in participation at places of recreation or sport may be a contributing factor.”
Although the data did not show a cause-and-effect relationship between the increase in trampoline fractures and the rising popularity of trampoline parks, Hadley-Miller said the study “lays the groundwork to answer this question in the future.”
The researchers gathered data from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System on trampoline-related fractures in children aged 0 to 17 years. All fractures occurred between 2008 and 2017. They collected specific data on the year the injury occurred, gender and age of the patient, anatomical location of the injury and in what setting the injury occurred.
Hadley-Miller and colleagues reported an average increase of 3.85% (95% CI, 0.51%-7.3%) in the incidence of trampoline-related fractures during the study period, with the number of injuries rising from 35.3 per 100,000 person-years in 2008 to 53 injuries per 100,000 person-years in 2017.
Trampoline-related fractures accounted for 3.59% (95% CI, 3.04%-4.14%) of all fractures sustained by children in 2008. In 2017, the percentage jumped to 6.16% (95% CI, 5.31%-7.01%) according to Hadley-Miller and colleagues.
More than half (56%) of all fractures sustained while using a trampoline during the study period involved the upper extremities. During the study period, the researchers identified a significant increase in the number of injuries sustained at a place of sport or recreation (OR per year = 1.32; 95% CI, 1.21-1.43).
Hadley-Miller suggested that providers counsel their patients and families about trampoline use in accordance with the AAP guidelines on trampoline safety. The guidelines, she said, highlight the importance of adult supervision, setting trampolines on a level surface and limiting the trampoline to one jumper at a time.
“Regarding trampoline safety outside of the home, AAP guidelines suggest that commercial trampoline businesses inform users of the associated risk of jumping,” Hadley-Miller said. “Health care providers can help facilitate this conversation and ensure parental awareness of the content in the release forms they sign to allow participation. The rules and regulations of certain facilities may not align with the guidelines created by the AAP and may increase the risk for injury. We strongly encourage parents to understand and consider these risks.” – by Katherine Bortz
Hadley-Miller N, et al. Rates of pediatric trampoline fractures are jumping: A national report (2008-2017). Presented at: AAP National Conference & Exhibition; Oct. 25-29, 2019; New Orleans.
Disclosure: Miller reports no relevant financial disclosures.