Monday, January 30, 2012

Trampoline Fracture of the Proximal Tibia

A trampoline fracture refers to a transverse or buckle (torus) fracture of the proximal tibial metaphysis that occurs in young children who jump on a trampoline with a heavier person.

The upward recoil of the trampoline after the heavier person jumps can generate a large force. If the child happens to land on the trampoline during the recoil, the force may be sufficient to cause the typical tibial fracture described.

Special thanks to Dr. Hansel Otero for the case and reference.


Boyer RS, Jaffe RB, Nixon GW, Condon VR. Trampoline fracture of the proximal tibia in children. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 1986 Jan;146(1):83-5.

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