The idea is a brilliant one, in addition to being fun: trampoline parks are places that contain trampolines of various sizes, in addition to other types of gym-like equipment, for people of all ages to play in. You and other Schenectady residents may have enjoyed an afternoon at one of these establishments for a date, a child’s birthday party or just a fun day out. What you may not realize is that although the management at trampoline parks take measures to keep patrons safe, serious injuries still occur at these places.
According to a study that was published in Pediatrics, injuries at trampoline parks have risen dramatically over the past few years. In 2010, there were about 600 injuries at these establishments that resulted in customers going to emergency rooms, states USA Today. By 2014, trampoline park-related ER visits had jumped to nearly 7,000. Safety experts say that dislocations and sprains are the injuries you or your child are the most likely to receive. Additionally, patrons have suffered far more serious mishaps, including open leg fractures, spinal cord trauma and head injuries. Some of these injuries reportedly led to customers being paralyzed or needing long-term care.
Head and spine injuries, in addition to sprains or fractures, may be caused by a fall from a trampoline or a misplaced landing after a flip or high jump. Jumpers may also become seriously injured by colliding with each other. These are some of the reasons why the American Academy of Pediatrics cites trampoline use as being too dangerous for children. Before taking your family to a trampoline park, it may be wise to become familiar with the risks involved, as well as the measures that the park staff take to ensure customer safety.