The National Electronic Injury Surveillance System has recently released
the results of their study that analyzed trampoline injuries across the
country between 2010 and 2014. With close to 100,000 trampoline-related
accidents annually, researchers wanted to pinpoint where the real dangers
lie when using a trampoline, and how to prevent them. While it was determined
that most of the injuries occur in the backyard, the real surprise of
the data was that trampoline park injuries increased dramatically.
In 2010, trampoline parks only reported a total of 581 injuries. By 2014,
that number had multiplied several-fold, resulting in a total of 6,932
injuries. It was also concluded that at-home trampoline injuries were
more likely to result in upper body injuries, such as small arm fractures,
but trampoline park injuries often resulted in serious injury, such as
broken leg bones.
Why Trampoline Parks Could Be Dangerous
Most trampolines set up in backyards are fairly small, only offering a
slight to moderate amount of bounce. At trampoline parks, the equipment
is truly sports or industrial grade, allowing users to fly high into the
air. Even with a clean landing, the pressure from the impact can cause
significant harm to the knees, ankles, and shins.
There may also be a false sense of security at trampoline parks due to
the number of people there at one time. Parents and supervisors believe
that others are watching jumpers, both children and adults alike, so they
do not watch them as closely. The result is more people there who
could watch for trouble but there actually be lessen people who
Could the Data Be Misunderstood?
The International Association of Trampoline Parks was quick to respond
to the study’s release, which could potentially damage the profits
and popularity of trampoline parks, by issuing a statement of their own.
The statement pointed out that trampoline park popularity and number also
both increased dramatically between 2010 and 2014; it concluded that more
jumpers would naturally result in more injuries.
Even if the statement’s logic is sound, it still concedes that accidents
can and do happen at trampoline parks frequently. Federal or state regulations
may be needed to curb the number of incidents and enforce safety standards
each park must follow.
If you or a loved one were hurt while at a trampoline park in New York,
contact the Law Office of Robert King. The firm’s Rochester personal injury
attorney can determine if you have
grounds for a lawsuit, even if you signed a waiver that stated you understood the dangers of
trampoline jumping. Call
585.286.5124 today for more information.