Syracuse (CNN) -- It's important for kids to get outside and move. But there's one form of exercise physicians say should be used with caution, and that's the trampoline.
Although they look like fun, doctors still warn that backyard trampolines can be dangerous.
An updated report, published in this week’s edition of “Pediatrics” finds that in the past few years, 98,000 trampoline-related injuries still occurred in 2009, resulting in 3,100 hospitalizations.
The most common trampoline injuries include sprains, strains and contusions. The most dangerous mishaps affect the head and spine.
Researchers say 75 percent of all trampoline injuries happen when a group of people are jumping on the mat. It seems the younger the child, the more serious the injury. That’s because their bones are softer and they hit the mat harder.
The American Academy of Pediatrics wants parents and children to understand that moves such as somersaults and flips frequently cause spinal injuries that can lead to permanent injuries.
Netted trampolines aren’t any safer, since two thirds of the injuries happen when a child or adult hits the mat incorrectly.
Homeowners who have trampolines should make sure they have insurance that covers trampoline-related injuries.
All trampoline use should be supervised, including trampolines used in sports training programs. Professional trampoline use should have special coaching and safety measures in place.