Home Exercise Equipment

A study conducted by researchers at the Center for Injury Research and Policy examined home exercise equipment-related injuries among children 18 years and younger that were treated in U.S. emergency departments from 1990 through 2008. Exercise equipment most frequently associated with injuries were stationary bicycles, treadmills and jump ropes.

Half of all injuries were sustained when using the equipment, while other injuries occurred when people fell into the equipment or when they came in contact with moving parts of the equipment. Children 10 to 18 years of age were most commonly injured as a result of improperly using the exercise equipment. Younger children, especially those 4 years and younger, sustained injuries when they touched moving parts of the equipment or when they fell into the equipment. Researchers recommend a two-pronged injury prevention campaign that both focuses on reducing injuries among young children who are getting hurt “playing” with equipment, and also targets older children who are improperly using the equipment.

While exercising at home is a great alternative to expensive gym memberships, home exercise equipment can be a danger to young children. On average, over 12,000 children a year are treated in U.S. emergency departments for injuries related to home exercise equipment.