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Sweden sees giant leap in trampoline accidents

TT/The Local · 3 Jul 2010, 12:05

Published: 03 Jul 2010 12:05 GMT+02:00

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More than 5,000 cases of trampoline-related injuries were registered in 2008, a sharp increase on previous years. But preliminary figures for 2009 indicate that several hundred more children bounced their way to the country’s clinics and hospitals last year, according to statistics reviewed by Barnolycksfonden, a research foundation run jointly by insurance firm Trygg-Hansa and Astrid Lindgren’s Children’s Hospital.

“One probable cause is that more people are getting trampolines, possibly combined with a development whereby people are trying our more advanced moves that they haven’t quite mastered,” said Björn Sporrong, a board member at Barnolycksfonden.

Twisted wrists, ankles, fingers and arms are the most common injuries sustained by children on trampolines, while neck and head injuries are also common.

The majority of injuries occur when several children play on a trampoline at the same time, increasing the risk of collisions, falls and accidental headbutts.

One out of ten trampoline injuries leave children requiring hospital treatment, while the average age of children injured using trampolines is eleven. Figures also show that girls in the younger age groups are more likely to sustain injuries than boys.

Björn Sporrong was however keen to stress that trampolines are not only instruments of injury.

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“They help develop balance, coordination and fitness. Used in the right way they can be really fun playthings.”

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

12:40 July 3, 2010 by Kevin Harris
And the 2010 award for the worst pun in a headline goes to ............ The Local.
13:17 July 3, 2010 by Nemesis
There is a simple solution to this.

You can buy for all trampolines, optional screens that enclose them. They are great for keeping children safe.
13:21 July 3, 2010 by Suntiger
The numbers of trampoline-related accidents have increased as the numbers of trampolines sold have increased? How unexpected /sarcasm

I liked the pun though. ;)
14:58 July 3, 2010 by Rick Methven
Sensible parents buy the safety net to ensure children's safety. What is wrong is that the safety screen is an optional purchase that nearly double the price. If anybody is using one on a commercial basis or at fête or such they MUST have a safety net around it. 8 years ago the son of a friend of mine broke his neck and died on an unprotected trampoline and my neighbours son broke his arm yesterday when he landed on the metal edge. It should be compulsory to have a safety net.
15:57 July 3, 2010 by Babe Soderbom
I was told by a freind whose brother worked at hosptial that most kids that had serious injuries had be on the trampolines,i live in australia and there is a safety screen that enclose them or have one that is inbedded in the ground.
07:42 July 4, 2010 by Soft Boiled
My twelve year old daughter recently spent a weekend with her friend out in Stockholms archipelago. She cartwheeled off a trampoline and fell on to a rock. She was airlifted by helicopter to Astid Lindgen childrens hospital. Luckily she didn´t land on her head. She has extentive injuries to the bone in her upper arm (which broke in two) and elbow which broke in several places, it took 5 hours of reconstructive surgery using pins and screws to hold her arm together. She is still doing her daily exercises to help straighten her arm but she was one of the lucky children, I have heard of a 3 year old boy who had his neck broken because he climbed under a tampoline while other children were using it. Most injuries could be completely avoided by just buying a safety net to go around the outside, I am surprised this isn´t already Swedish law.
10:32 July 4, 2010 by Puffin
Personally I think that most trampoline accidents are caused by a lack of parental supervision and rules

You see huge numbers of kids 10-15 kids allowed on all bumping and pushing each other - I have even seen groups of kids in local gardens with bikes and skateboards up on the trampoline - i saw a group last year with a hose - accidents just waiting to happen.

I think that nets are a good idea for small children but are less convinced for older kids and teenagers - there was a case a year or two ago in the UK where a teen was killed by the safety net - he was doing a somersault that went wrong and his head slammed into the net support breaking his neck.
18:41 July 4, 2010 by Raiha
Thanks Puffin for being the voice of reason: "...lack of parental supervision and rules..."

We've had a trampoline with no safety net for ten years and no child has ever come to harm in my backyard. Why? Shoes off, one at a time, no-one to go under it, no-one to put their fingers on the springs while someone is bouncing, no water, no food...


And I've noticed a lot more broken bones in children who don't get enough calcium in their diets.
21:16 July 4, 2010 by Soft Boiled
Im sorry but the voice of reason isnt that, How on earth can your children ever grow without taking risks. The advice i got was given from Astrid Lindgren, "use a safety net". You can have a lot of rules but ultimately children will want to test their boundaries. Unfortunately my daughter was with a friends family and I didnt even know they had a trampoline. My daughter also knew what she may or may not do on a trampoline but she is also very athelic and also very strong for her age. She also needs to find out what she can do with her body but with a safety limit. The advice from the hospital is use a net. I sincerely hope you never have to here that advice first hand from a doctor.
00:12 July 5, 2010 by GefleFrequentFlyer
I didn't know that there were that many mormons in sweden!
06:21 July 6, 2010 by wenddiver
I wouldn't waste the money, let them jump off the roof or out of trees like the other kids, until they are old enough to try and ride bulls or become paratroopers. Broken bones are part of a normal boy's childhood and teenage years. It is good practice in pain manegement. Pain is how Children learn things and broken bones grow back stronger. Save your money and buy your boy a good skateboard helmet. If we have learned anything from the US Navy SEALS and the movie Jack@#s you can do almost anything dangeros safely in a skateboard helmet.
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