Korean J Pediatr.  2019 Mar;62(3):90-94. 10.3345/kjp.2018.06814.

Rapidly growing pediatric trampoline-related injuries in Korea: a 10-year single center retrospective study

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  • 1Department of Surgery, Ulsan University Hospital, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Ulsan, Korea. 0733798@uuh.ulsan.kr

Abstract

PURPOSE
Several published policy statements have warned against the risks associated with trampoline use and recommended safety guidelines. However, few studies have focused on trampoline-related injuries in Korea. This study aimed to assess the incidence and characteristics of pediatric trampoline-related injuries presented to Ulsan University Hospital.
METHODS
We retrospectively reviewed the medical records of children aged <16 years with trampoline-related injuries who visited our Emergency Department between 2008 and 2017.
RESULTS
Over the 10-year period, 178 trampoline-related injuries were reported, which represented a significant increase (P=0.016). Most (87.6%) of the injuries occurred during the last 5 study years, and a rapid increase in injuries was observed in children aged <6 years. Lower extremity injuries (62.4%) were the most common, followed by injuries of the upper extremities, head and face, and trunk, including injuries to the neck and spine. Sixty-seven children (37.6%) had fractures, and proximal tibia fractures were the most common. Fractures were significantly more common in younger children (<6 years old) than in older children (P=0.026).
CONCLUSION
In Korea, the mechanism of trampoline injury is similar to that of injuries incurred in indoor trampoline parks but is characterized by smaller spaces and multiple users. Trampoline use and the incidence of trampoline-related injuries in children aged <6 years are increasing rapidly. Prohibiting the use of trampolines for children aged <6 years, restricting simultaneous use by multiple children, and ensuring adult supervision should be strictly emphasized. Public awareness and policy guidelines are needed to reduce the incidence of trampoline-related injuries.

Keyword

Trampoline; Injuries; Pediatric; Fracture; Korea

MeSH Terms

Adult
Child
Emergency Service, Hospital
Head
Humans
Incidence
Korea*
Lower Extremity
Medical Records
Neck
Organization and Administration
Retrospective Studies*
Spine
Tibia
Ulsan
Upper Extremity
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