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Trampoline Park Safety Questioned As Injuries Reportedly Rise

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 are watching.

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.