World Journal of Pediatrics

, Volume 9, Issue 2, pp 169–174 | Cite as

Trampoline related injuries in children: risk factors and radiographic findings

  • Peter Michael Klimek
  • David Juen
  • Enno Stranzinger
  • Rainer Wolf
  • Theddy Slongo
Original article

Abstract

Background

Backyard trampolines are immensely popular among children, but are associated with an increase of trampoline-related injuries. The aim of this study was to evaluate radiographs of children with trampoline related injuries and to determine the risk factors.

Methods

Between 2003 and 2009, 286 children under the age of 16 with backyard trampoline injuries were included in the study. The number of injuries increased from 13 patients in 2003 to 86 in 2009. The median age of the 286 patients was 7 years (range: 1–15 years). Totally 140 (49%) patients were males, and 146 (51%) females. Medical records and all available diagnostic imaging were reviewed. A questionnaire was sent to the parents to evaluate the circumstances of each injury, the type of trampoline, the protection equipment and the experience of the children using the trampoline. The study was approved by the Institutional Ethics Committee of the University Hospital of Bern.

Results

The questionnaires and radiographs of the 104 patients were available for evaluation. A fracture was sustained in 51 of the 104 patients. More than 75% of all patients sustaining injuries and in 90% of patients with fractures were jumping on the trampoline with other children at the time of the accident. The most common fractures were supracondylar humeral fractures (29%) and forearm fractures (25%). Fractures of the proximal tibia occurred especially in younger children between 2–5 years of age.

Conclusions

Children younger than 5 years old are at risk for specific proximal tibia fractures (“Trampoline Fracture”). A child jumping simultaneously with other children has a higher risk of suffering from a fracture.

Key words

fracture injuries prevention trampoline 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter Michael Klimek
    • 1
    • 3
  • David Juen
    • 1
  • Enno Stranzinger
    • 2
  • Rainer Wolf
    • 2
  • Theddy Slongo
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Pediatric Surgery, Interventional and Pediatric Radiology, InselspitalUniversity of BernBernSwitzerland
  2. 2.Department of Diagnostic, Interventional and Pediatric Radiology, InselspitalUniversity of BernBernSwitzerland
  3. 3.Department of Pediatric SurgeryUniversity of Bern, InselspitalBernSwitzerland

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