Trampoline Park Injuries Have Increased as More Parks Are Being Built
Posted on behalf of Stewart Bell, PLLC on Sep 07, 2016 in Personal Injury
As trampoline parks have become more popular in the U.S., emergency room visits for trampoline injuries have increased, according to a new study by Dr. Kathryn Kasmire, an emergency room doctor at the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center.
The study revealed that emergency room visits associated with trampoline park injuries rose from 581 in 2010 to 6,932 in 2014.
The increase in injuries corresponds to an increase in the number of trampoline parks. There were only about 35 to 40 in 2011, but that number increased to 280 in 2014.
The data also revealed that children between the ages of six and 17 had the most amount of injuries whether from at home trampolines or trampoline parks. Broken bones and sprains were the most common injury type, while dislocated joints were twice as likely to happen at trampoline parks.
The most serious injuries, such as spinal cord injuries and severe leg fractures, were more likely to happen at trampoline parks than at-home trampolines.
Researchers examined injury data from a nationwide registry and focused on injuries at trampoline parks and at-home trampolines. They did not review data from gymnastics, sports facilities or competitive trampoline activities.
The International Association of Trampoline Parks responded to the study by suggesting that researchers should have looked at the injury percentage relative to the amount of people who visit trampoline parks on a daily basis. The organization asserts that there is less than one injury for every 10,000 jumpers.
Regardless, the American Academy of Pediatrics has tips for parents of children visiting trampoline parks:
- Do not let your children perform flips
- Ensure children are supervised at all times
- Do not permit more than one jumper per trampoline at a time
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