-- Robert Preidt
SUNDAY, April 8 (HealthDay News) -- The potential dangers of
trampolines were highlighted recently when professional baseball
player Joba Chamberlain suffered a career-threatening ankle injury
while jumping on a trampoline with his 5-year-old son, experts
The New York Yankees pitcher underwent surgery and will spend
six weeks in a cast.
"Although trampolines can be fun for both kids and adults, they pose a high risk for injuries, especially when two or more people jump at one time," Dr. John Purvis, an orthopedic surgeon and American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons spokesperson, said in an academy news release.
"Orthopedic surgeons recommend that trampolines not be used in home environments or in outdoor playgrounds because of the high risk of injuries," he added.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, more
than 92,000 people were seen in U.S. emergency rooms for
trampoline-related injuries in 2010.
The academy offers the following trampoline safety
The American Academy of Pediatrics has more about
children and trampolines.
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