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Trampolines Especially Dangerous For Young Children

From the Show: Healthy Children
Summary: Most trampoline injuries occur when multiple users are jumping on the mat. Don't let your child be one of the injured.
Air Date: 10/10/12
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Dr. Michele LaBotz, MD
M.LabotzMichele LaBotz MD FAAP practices sports medicine at at the InterMed Sports
Medicine Clinic in South Portland, Maine.  She graduated from Dartmouth
Medical School, and performed her pediatric internship at the University of
Wisconsin before finishing her pediatric residency at Maine Medical Center
and her sports medicine fellowship at the University of North Carolina at
Chapel Hill.  After fellowship, she was a team physician and associate
fellowship director at the University of Hawai'i, before returning to
Maine.  She now lives on Cousins Island with her husband, a golf
professional and high school golf coach,  and their 12 year old daughter,
who is a competitive gymnast.



Michele was one of the lead authors for the AAP's recently released policy
statement on Trampoline Safety in Children and Adolescents.
    Trampolines Especially Dangerous For Young Children
    Most trampoline injuries (75 percent) occur when multiple people are jumping on the mat. The smallest and youngest participants are usually at greater risk for significant injury, specifically children 5 years of age or younger. Forty-eight percent of injuries in this age group resulted in fractures or dislocations.

    An updated report by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) cautions against home trampoline use, and provides updated data on the number of and types of injuries caused by trampolines. Don't let your child be one of the injured.


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