BEACON TRANSCRIPT – A new survey published on Monday in the Pediatrics journal found that the popular trampolines could cause injuries. One example is the mother of two boys, Heather Bottoms. When her boys asked to go to a trampoline park nearby, last September, she agreed to take them.
But her older boy, aged 13 back then, started jumping too high, bounced off the wall, which caused him to fall and break two bones in his arm. He had to go through surgery to put in two pins into the arm.
Trampoline park injuries are common and have been on the rise, with the ever greater popularity of trampoline parks. The researchers used data from a government supervising system for injuries. They found the number of visits to the Emergency Room caused by injuries occurred at trampoline parks went from 600 in 2010 to 6,932 in 2014.
A trampoline park is a large space with trampolines next to one another, and the walls are padded to prevent injury.
The International Association of Trampoline Parks has found that there were approximately 50 million United States visits in the last year only, to these trampoline parks, which shows how much they grew in popularity.
However, most injuries happen on home trampolines. The American Academy of Pediatrics disagrees with people who use these smaller, less safe trampolines.
The total number of yearly visits to the Emergency Room for trampoline injuries both at home an at trampoline parks remained steady with an average of around 92,000 visits.
Nine percent of park-related injuries had to be admitted to the hospital, versus 5.2 percent of injuries which happened because of home trampoline use. Admissions mean that the patients felt serious pain or even that surgery was conducted.
Fractures and ligament or muscle sprains were among the most encountered injuries both at home and at parks.
Katherine Leaming-Van Zandt, a physician at the Texas Children’s Hospital, pointed out that these types of injuries are frequent and dangerous, even though patients often believe that supervision by park employees is enough to keep them and their kids safe.
Trampoline owners suggest that it is essential for children to play and get plenty of exercises, but there are no exercises without associated risks.
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