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The Trampoline: Archenemy of the Spinal Cord


Summer heralds all kinds of outdoor activities and who can resist the call of the trampoline? Perhaps it's the feeling of flight one gets midair. Perhaps it's the way it makes jumping so effortless and falling so much fun. But, statistically, the trampoline is the enemy of the spine.

According to the American Association of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS), 246,875 medically treated trampoline injuries occur each year in the United States. Falls from a trampoline often result in crippling injury and/or death including paralysis from spinal cord injury.

In the last few years, trampoline entertainment parks have sprouted up all over the country. In February of 2011, a man in Phoenix died from a spinal cord injury at one such indoor park. Apparently the 30 year old man was with a group of friends when he sustained critical injuries after jumping into a foam pit. No one knows exactly how this happened, but he broke his neck in the fall and laid there immobile. When EMTs got there he had no pulse and wasn't breathing. He died later in the hospital.

The backyard trampoline has become more and more popular over the years which could lead one to concluding that to be the reason in the upward trend of trampoline related injuries in emergency rooms around the country. Most people don't realize the danger of what they are about to do. About 20 percent of all spinal cord injuries occur to the head and neck. Many times these injuries are caused from jumpers bumping into one another while jumping. Some are caused from falling on the springs or off the trampoline altogether. While the safety nets help prevent falling off, they are no guarantee of safety.

If you are jumping and someone is injured, get immediate help and do not move the injured person before emergency medical help has arrived. Injuries that result in trauma to the neck or spine should be treated immediately and with great caution. If you or a loved one has suffered one of these traumatic injuries, contact our Daytona Beach spinal cord injury lawyers today.