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What do parents need to know about backyard trampolines?

They are a common fixture in many backyards in Massachusetts and across the country, but this doesn’t necessarily mean the family trampoline is safe. In fact, if your children enjoy jumping on a trampoline, you may want to pay attention to this post.

The American Academy of Pediatrics has discouraged families from purchasing backyard trampolines for many years, due to what the organization claims is a high probability of injuries. Statistics published in the Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics seem to corroborate these claims, according to USA Today. In the new study, it was revealed that more than 1 million trampoline-related emergency room visits occurred in the U.S. from 2002 to 2011.

Younger children are particularly at risk for fracture injuries, with the average age for trampoline accident victims being nine years old. Older children and teenagers seem to be more susceptible to spine and brain injuries. This may be because teenagers are bigger, jump harder and are more likely to take risks. Because of the risks that trampolines may pose, your homeowner’s insurance policy may exclude trampoline injuries or prohibit the equipment on your property altogether.

A traumatic brain injury caused by a trampoline mishap or any other type of accident is a serious injury that may result in permanent disability if not diagnosed and treated quickly. It is crucial that doctors spot the signs of a TBI in your child early to give him or her the best chance possible of recovery. The information here is not meant to be taken as legal advice, but instead to give you a general overview on the possible dangers your child may face from trampolines.

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