The Summer London Olympics may have inspired the bouncier among its viewers to take to the trampoline, but parents should not allow its use at home, the American Academy of Pediatrics says.
In an article Monday in the journal Pediatrics, the pediatricians group “strongly discouraged” the use of home trampolines. The academy updated previous, similar statements because of the growth of trampoline as a competitive sport and the popularity of indoor trampoline parks.
Injury rates at those parks are unknown but should be monitored, the journal article says. The academy did not oppose trampolines when under supervision in a structured program.
Trampoline injury rates have steadily declined since 2004, the authors say. In 2009, there were an estimated 98,000 injuries -- mostly sprains, bruises or other soft-tissue injuries, the article says. About 3,100 of them led to hospitalization.