Study Shows Significant Increase in Trampoline Park Injuries
Posted on behalf of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Aug 10, 2016 in Personal Injury
As the number of trampoline parks has increased, there has also been a significant increase in the number of trampoline park injuries, according to a new study from three doctors at Connecticut Children's Medical Center.
The study found that there were 6,932 emergency room visits for trampoline park injuries in 2014 compared to just 581 visits in 2010. At the same time, the number of trampoline parks increased from about 40 in 2011 to approximately 450 in 2015.
The doctors conducted the study after noticing more young people in the emergency room with severe injuries from trampolines, including fractures and some spinal cord injuries. Researchers also spoke with other emergency room providers who had also treated patients with trampoline park injuries.
Even though there was a similar number of fractures and sprains from home trampolines and trampoline parks, the higher rate of hospital admission suggests that there were slightly more serious injuries at parks.
The International Association of Trampoline Parks disputes the significance of the study, claiming that doctors should have focused on the percentage of injuries in relation to the number of people using trampolines. The association contends that the number of reported injuries from trampolines is less than one per 10,000 jumpers.
Trampoline Safety Tips
Children are advised to follow the American Academy of Pediatrics’ recommendations about using trampolines, which includes:
- Do not do flips
- Have constant adult supervision
- Only one jumper per trampoline
The researchers believe that trampoline parks should implement these restrictions and improve padding between trampolines to help prevent serious injuries.
If your child was seriously injured at a trampoline park due to another’s negligence, they could be entitled to compensation for medical care and other expenses. Contact the personal injury attorneys at D'Amico & Pettinicchi for a free, no obligation consultation to discuss your claim.