Indoor trampoline parks have become tremendously popular in recent years, but experts warn that the venues are far from being safe. A recent study suggests that on average more than 90,000 ER visits are tied to trampoline use each year.
A team from the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center found that the number of injuries linked to the entertainment venues jumped from about 600 cases per year to more than 6,900 per year between 2010 and 2014.
Researchers described the situation “an emerging concern” in a recently published study.
The new research is in line with American Academy of Pediatrics’s recommendations not to use trampolines in a recreational way. According to study’s background information, U.S. trampoline park numbers jumped from 25 locations in 2010 to more than 350 in 2014. More than 50 million Americans visited the venues over the past year alone, a report shows.
On average, there are 91,750 cases of trampoline-related injuries that require medical attention every year. Most of these cases, however, are tied to trampoline use at home, researchers noted.
The study also revealed that the most severe injuries occur at home, including head injuries, but the injuries that require most hospitalizations occurred in trampoline parks. Jumpers at the parks were mostly affected by injuries in the lower part of the body.
Many injuries in parks happened when jumpers collided with one another, had a failed landing, fell off trampolines and hit the cement, springs or frame, or tried risky flips.
Lead author of the study Kathryn Kasmire said she came up with the idea of a study on trampoline park risks after she had received visits from many trampoline users as her office is located close to several parks.
She recalls that she and her fellow ER doctors saw many kids coming with nasty injuries after a visit to a trampoline park. The medics were especially concerned about how bad some of those injuries were.
Doctors said that they saw a wide range of injuries from broken limbs and concussions to strains or sprains. After what she learned during the research, Dr. Kasmire also advises against using those parks.
If you still plan to go, however, you should make sure that you don’t visit a trampoline park when it is crowded, and stay away from dangerous moves. Additionally, keep a constant watch on your kids while you are there.
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