A new study in the journal Pediatrics shows that trampoline injuries are down, after a decade on the upswing. What is causing the drop?
A staple in many back yards during the 90s and early 2000s, trampolines were the cause of countless sprains, broken bones, strained backs and America's Funniest Home Videos clips.
Now, trampolines injuries are down, and it's not because they've gotten safer.
From the NY Times: "[T]he drop in injuries appears to be a result of a decrease in trampoline sales rather than greater awareness of the dangers of trampolines and safer use, the authors said, and the American Academy of Pediatrics continues to advise against recreational trampoline use, a position it has taken since 1977."
If you have local retailers in your area, find out if they've seen a declline in sales.
Ask young parents - have they or would they buy a trampoline?
Find a home with a trampoline in the back yard and knock on the door: how long have they had it? Any injuries?
Talk to your local ER: are they seeing fewer trampoline-related injuries?