Posted on Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017 at 8:05 pm
According to an AP article, a 3-year-old Florida boy is in a cast from the waist down as a result of an injury suffered while jumping at a trampoline park. The boy’s mother stated that her 3-year-old son fractured his thigh bone while bouncing on a trampoline at an indoor park in Tampa, Florida which promoted the use of trampolines by toddlers. As a consequence, the 3-year-old has been placed by orthopedic surgeons in a Hip Spica cast for 6 weeks.
The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons says that children younger than 6 years old should not be permitted on trampolines. The American Academy of Pediatricians recommends against trampoline use for any age but notes the smaller children are at a greater risk. The American Academy of Pediatricians also reports that Emergency Room visits from trampoline park users have soared from 581 in 2011 to 6,932 in 2014 as the popularity of trampoline parks have grown nationwide. Injuries from home trampolines are approximately 90,000 per year. This number has remained steady for the past several years.
According to the article, researchers have called for further investigation and actions to prevent injuries at such trampoline parks noting that there are no consistent guidelines for businesses to follow.
Interestingly, the International Association of Trampoline Parks is based in Hershey, Pennsylvania.
Source: An article appearing in the LNP on July 12, 2017 entitled “Boy, 3 in Body Cast From Trampoline” by Adriana G. Licon