By: ABBOTT LAW GROUP
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Trampoline park-related fractures in children
The Journal of Orthopedic Surgery and Research has recently studied trampoline-related fractures of the proximal tibia in children. The purpose of this study was to investigate the cause of trampoline-related proximal tibial fractures in young children.
The study evaluated 40 patients with proximal tibial fracture between 2013 and 2019. The conclusion was that heavier people can cause injuries to lighter participants when jumping simultaneously. Even after fracture healing, this fracture carries the risk of progressive valgus deformity of the tibia.
These fractures are easy to misdiagnose as sprain or contusion. The study reveals that three-quarters of injuries occurred when multiple children were jumping on the trampoline at the same time. The smaller children were up to 14 times more likely to sustain injury because heavier children create more forces between the mat and springs.