Health + Safety

Trampolines Are No Place for Kids, Docs Warn

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Trampolines are too dangerous for kids to use, the American Academy of Pediatrics said Monday. Citing nearly 100,000 injuries in 2009, the academy issued the warning  in a statement published in Pediatrics and noted that  the safety nets added in recent years don’t make much of a difference.

That makes a lot of sense to Carolyn Prouty.

Prouty will never forget the day, eight years ago, she saw her 8-year-old daughter Destini bounce off the backyard trampoline and land hard on her head and neck. Prouty rushed over to find her daughter in excruciating pain, arms numb.

“My first response was that she was going to be paralyzed, seeing how she landed,” said Prouty, a nurse from Spokane, Wash.