Backyard trampolines are kid magnets, and with the rising popularity of trampoline parks, more youngsters than ever have access to this potentially hazardous activity.
Despite recommendations by the American Academy of Pediatrics to avoid trampolines for recreational use because of the injury risk, their popularity persists. Children continue to jump, somersault and flip with nearly 100,000 of them each year landing in emergency departments suffering from sprains and fractures, among other injuries.
Although younger children are most vulnerable to trampoline injuries, Dr. Jesse Lewis, an orthopedic surgeon at Tidelands Health Orthopedics at Murrells Inlet, has treated injuries in children of all ages.
“In my practice, the most common injuries I’ve seen are injuries to the wrist and elbow,” says Dr. Lewis, who specializes in care of the hand and upper extremities. “I’ve seen many of these in a given year.”