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Trampoline-Related Injuries

A Comparison of Injuries Sustained at Commercial Jump Parks Versus Domestic Home Trampolines

Doty, Jesse, MD; Voskuil, Ryan, MD; Davis, Caleb, MD; Swafford, Rachel, MPH; Gardner, Warren II, MD; Kiner, Dirk, MD; Nowotarski, Peter, MD

JAAOS - Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: January 01, 2019 - Volume 27 - Issue 1 - p 23–31
doi: 10.5435/JAAOS-D-17-00470
Research Article

Introduction: The nature of trampoline injuries may have changed with the increasing popularity of recreational jump parks.

Methods: A retrospective review was performed evaluating domestic trampoline and commercial jump park injuries over a 2-year period.

Results: There were 439 trampoline injuries: 150 (34%) at jump parks versus 289 (66%) on home trampolines. Fractures and dislocations accounted for 55% of jump park injuries versus 44% of home trampoline injuries. In adults, fractures and dislocations accounted for 45% of jump park injuries versus 17% of home trampoline injuries. More lower extremity fractures were seen at jump parks versus home trampolines in both children and adults. Adults had a 23% surgical rate with jump park injuries versus a 10% surgical rate on home trampolines.

Discussion: Trampoline-related injury distribution included a higher percentage of fractures/dislocations, lower extremity fractures, fractures in adults, and surgical interventions associated with jump parks versus home trampolines.

Level of Evidence: Level III

From the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Tennessee College of Medicine Chattanooga, Chattanooga, TN (Dr. Doty, Dr. Voskuil, Ms. Swafford, Dr. Gardner, Dr. Kiner, and Dr. Nowotarski), and University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, TN (Dr. Davis).

Correspondence to Dr. Doty:

Dr. Doty or an immediate family member is a member of a speakers' bureau or has made paid presentations on behalf of Arthrex; serves as a paid consultant to Arthrex, Globus Medical, and Wright Medical Technology; and has stock or stock options held in Globus Medical. Dr. Nowotarski or an immediate family member is a member of a speakers' bureau or has made paid presentations on behalf of Synthes; and serves as a paid consultant to Synthes. None of the following authors or any immediate family member has received anything of value from or has stock or stock options held in a commercial company or institution related directly or indirectly to the subject of this article: Dr. Voskuil, Dr. Davis, Ms. Swafford, Dr. Gardner, and Dr. Kiner.

© 2019 by American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
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