Ches Jones*, Bart Hammig and RJ Elbin
Department of Health, Human Performance and Recreation, University of Arkansas, USAFulltext PDF
Trampolines are an exhilarating form of physical activity for children and teens. The use of trampolines has expanded to commercial facilities in the past decade. Studies have identified the injury risk from the use of trampolines including concussions. The purpose of the study is to identify the mechanisms for concussions from trampoline related injury and identify potential
countermeasures. Methods included the review of data from 2013 to 2017 from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS) for concussions from trampolines. Results identified 358 cases during the 5 year period with an estimated 9,007 cases. Many of the concussions occurred by falling off the trampoline with about 15% of concussions occurring from the head bouncing off the middle part of the trampoline. Children 6 and under had a 3.4 times greater risk of sustaining a concussion from falling off the trampoline compared with older children. Older children had a 3.7 times greater concussion risk from having more than 1 person on the trampoline compared with younger children. Recommendations include the non-use of trampolines for small children and supervision for older children. Parents should be warned about concussion risk from trampolines
from both home use and commercial parks.
Concussion; Recreation; Children; Adolescents
Jones C, Hammig B, Elbin RJ. Concussion Risk Related to Trampoline Activity among Children and Adolescents. Open J Public Health. 2019;1(2):1007..