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6.18.08

Lifewatch: Trampoline safety

PHILADELPHIA -- There is something about trampolines that most kids cannot seem to resist.

But, experts caution to think twice before jumping into a purchase.

Doctors are warning that built-in netting on a trampoline does not prevent all accident.  It can provide a false sense of security when it comes to your child's safety.

A new study shows that trampoline injuries have doubled in the past decade.  That's at least 88,000 trips to the Emergency Room each year.

The most common type of trampoline injury is a broken bone.

"Last week alone, I saw three trampoline injuries and I'm only one doctor out of many, many E-R docs," said Dr. Kate Cronan of the A.I. Dupont Hospital for Children.

"The worst one that I personally saw was a head injury where there was actually bleeding inside the head from a very bad collision on the trampoline," said Dr. Cronan.

While that sounds extreme, neck injuries can lead to paralysis or other serious problems.

While it's rare, some kids have been killed in trampoline accidents.

In the summer of 2007, a 4-year-old Texas boy died when he fell through the springs of a trampoline, hanging himself.

"A trampoline really could in the end really ruin your child's life if they are one of the very unfortunate children who have a very bad injury," said Dr. Cronan.

Dr. Cronan says when it comes to trampolines, just say no.

 

Reported by Kristy Ondo

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