Trampolines, children, and strokes

Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2001 Aug;80(8):608-13. doi: 10.1097/00002060-200108000-00012.


Strokes in children related to sports injuries are rare, but pediatric trampoline injuries are dramatically increasing. Minor trauma to the vulnerable extracranial vertebral arteries as they travel superficially through the dorsum of the neck can begin a cascade of events that results in arterial dissection, thrombus formation, and embolization with cerebral infarction. We present the case of an 11-yr-old boy who developed left vertebral artery dissection subsequent to a trampoline injury.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Athletic Injuries / etiology
  • Athletic Injuries / physiopathology
  • Athletic Injuries / rehabilitation*
  • Brain / diagnostic imaging
  • Child
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Angiography
  • Male
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed
  • Vertebral Artery Dissection / etiology
  • Vertebral Artery Dissection / physiopathology
  • Vertebral Artery Dissection / rehabilitation*