SUNDAY, April 8 (HealthDay News) -- The potential dangers of trampolines were highlighted recently when professional baseball player Joba Chamberlain suffered a career-threatening ankle injury while jumping on a trampoline with his 5-year-old son, experts say.
The New York Yankees pitcher underwent surgery and will spend six weeks in a cast.
"Although trampolines can be fun for both kids and adults, they pose a high risk for injuries, especially when two or more people jump at one time," Dr. John Purvis, an orthopedic surgeon and American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons spokesperson, said in an academy news release.
"Orthopedic surgeons recommend that trampolines not be used in home environments or in outdoor playgrounds because of the high risk of injuries," he added.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 92,000 people were seen in U.S. emergency rooms for trampoline-related injuries in 2010.
The academy offers the following trampoline safety guidelines:
The American Academy of Pediatrics has more about children and trampolines.
-- Robert Preidt
SOURCE: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, news release, March 26, 2012
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