Study says trampoline park injuries jumped 12-fold in just five years.
Trampoline parks are increasing in numbers and so are the injuries caused by jumping on the trampoline.
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According to a latest research, a sharp rise in trampoline related-injuries has been observed in recent years. The number of children visiting hospital emergency rooms has been increased 12-fold as a result of using trampolines in just five years. Strains and dislocated joints are among the most common injuries suffered by trampoline park-goers while some of the most serious injuries may include fractures, broken legs and head injuries. However, almost 90 percent of the injured people had been released after the treatment.
"What really made us want to study this is that we were surprised that some of the injuries we were seeing were pretty serious.” Lead author Dr. Kathryn Kasmire, an emergency physician at Connecticut Children's Medical Center told CBS News.
Researchers have found a direct, obvious link between the numbers of trampoline parks and a spike in injuries related to it.
In 2011, there were around 35 such parks in the United States which jumped to 280 in 2014. The growth of the parks is apparently accompanied by a surge in injuries among children and others who visit these parks. Injuries have increased dramatically over this period, from 581 in 210 to nearly 7,000 in 2014. The age group that suffers most numbers of injuries is young kids aged 6 to 17.
Kids hurting themselves using a trampoline is nothing new as chances of getting injured while playing on a trampoline are always very high. Children can collide with other children; hit the trampoline frame, land on an awkward position and even out of the fabric if they are jumping too close to the edge.
“We already know that any kind of trampoline is a relatively dangerous activity for children.” Kasmire said.
When researchers compared the injuries that kids got at trampoline parks and on trampolines at home, they found more serious trampoline injuries were taking place at park than at home.
Researchers believe people especially parents should not ignore the risks associated with trampoline use and should keep a close eye on their children every time they visit such parks. Researchers also advise a number of other precautions to ensure the safety of the kids such as placing protective padding on and around the trampoline and preventing kids from attempting risky and harmful moves.
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Dr. Katherine Leaming-Van Zandt, an emergency medicine physician at Texas Children's Hospital says. “Trampoline parks should create and enforce rules and regulations that would prevent trampoline-related injuries. Also, trampoline parks should perform regular safety and maintenance checks on all trampoline equipment. Any trampolines with expired warranties should be discarded and protective padding should be frequently inspected and repaired or replaced.”