Eur J Pediatr Surg 2008; 18(4): 261-265
DOI: 10.1055/s-2008-1038534
Original Article

© Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart · New York

Using a Safety Net and Following the Safety Instructions Could Prevent Half the Paediatric Trampoline Injuries

J. Rättyä1 , W. Serlo1
  • 1Department of Paediatrics, Oulu University Hospital, Oulu, Finland
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Publication History

received January 21, 2008

accepted after revision February 19, 2008

Publication Date:
14 August 2008 (online)


Introduction: The number of recreational trampolines in Finnish households has increased. There also appears to be a drastic increase in trampoline-related injuries among paediatric patients. The aim of this study was to quantify and describe trampoline-related injuries in North Finnish paediatric patients. Methods: A retrospective analysis of medical data was used in the study, covering children 16 years and younger treated for trampoline-related injuries at Oulu University Hospital over a five-month period of time from May 1 to September 30, 2005. Medical records were reviewed and additional details regarding the injuries were obtained by questionnaire. Results: Altogether 76 patients were treated for trampoline-related injuries, which represented 13.4 % of all paediatric accidental trauma patients. In 57 accidents (86 %), there had been multiple jumpers on the trampoline. Twenty-five of the injuries (38 %) had occurred on the trampoline, in 25 cases (38 %) a child had fallen off, in 8 cases (12 %) there had been a collision with another jumper and the person had jumped onto a trampoline from a high platform in 5 incidents (8 %). Only 3 children (5 %) hurt themselves on the trampoline when jumping alone. Orthopaedic procedures requiring general anaesthesia were necessary in a total of 31 cases (41 %). Conclusions: The study shows that 50 % of traumas (falling off and collisions) could have been avoided by using a safety net and by jumping one at a time. The importance of following safety instructions and the need for a safety net should be emphasised to both the supervising adults and the children.


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Dr. M.D., Ph.D. Johanna Rättyä

Department of Paediatrics
Oulu University Hospital

PL 23

90029 Oulu