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Trampoline Injuries Spike Due to Increase in Trampoline Parks

Trampoline Injuries Spike Due to Increase in Trampoline Parks

According to a study published by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), injuries at trampoline parks have skyrocketed in recent years. Despite being marketed to children as a fun way to exercise, trampolines have been known to be dangerous and pose a significant risk for injury, leading to roughly 100,000 emergency room visits per year. While most of these injuries occur in the home, researchers have found that home trampoline injuries have not increased from year to year. However, injuries at indoor trampoline parks, which have sprung up at a rapid rate nationwide in recent years, have shot up from 581 in 2010 to a staggering 6,932 in 2014.

What Are Trampoline Parks?

Trampoline parks are indoor, supervised facilities that often feature wall-to-wall trampolines. In many cases, the trampolines in these parks are much more powerful than those found in the average backyard, allowing children and adults to jump to higher heights. According to the study, an average of five or six parks open each month, leading to numerous injuries.

Injuries on trampolines can occur from:

  • Exposed springs
  • Botched somersaults and flips
  • Multiple people jumping at once
  • Trampolines set on unlevel ground

The majority of injuries at trampoline parks are to the lower extremities, with 59% of emergency room admissions being for leg fractures. Conversely, upper extremity injuries account for a majority of injuries in the home, with 34% of admissions being for elbow fractures and 18% for forearm fractures. Other potential injuries from trampolines include concussions, sprains and strains, head and neck injuries.

Despite cautions from the AAP advising against the recreational use of trampolines, the popularity of these parks continue to rise. To increase safety for children using trampolines, it is recommended that parents supervise their children at all times, refrain from using trampolines with exposed springs, only let one person jump on a trampoline at a time, and avoiding any dangerous stunts such as flips.

Trampoline Park Injury Attorneys – 203 285-3075

If you or a loved one has been injured in a trampoline accident, contact Sette & Parnoff, PC today. Our team of Hamden personal injury lawyers have more than 65 years of combined legal experience and can provide the strong advocacy you need to maximize your potential recovery. Discuss your situation with one of our skilled advocates by contacting our office online today.

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