Nearly everyone can recall the fun and excitement of bouncing on a trampoline as a kid, and even sometimes even as an adult. Entertainment facilities have caught onto this trend and built large trampoline parks. These parks have multiple trampolines on a shared floor with pads covering the springs. Sometimes they even have tilted trampolines on the walls.
Trampoline parks can be a lot of fun, but the risk of injury is high. In a recent report issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics, researchers found that the number of injuries was up significantly from 571 trampoline park-related injuries in 2010 to more than 6,292 trampoline park injuries that sent someone to the emergency room today.
The most likely to be injured were teenage boys, and the most common injuries were sprains and fractures. Other serious injuries such as spinal injuries and open fractures were also reported.
Authors of the report have called for an additional investigation into ways that these types of injuries can be prevented and to have more uniform safety guidelines for trampoline parks.
In 2012, the American Academy of Pediatrics strongly discouraged the use of trampolines in the home citing that cervical spine injuries along with other serious falls, fractures and other injuries to children were likely to occur if left unsupervised. The organization further asserted that most injuries involving trampolines were caused with multiple users.
The American Academy of Pediatrics and the Canadian Academy of Sports medicine have discouraged trampolines for recreational and playground use.
The International Association of Trampoline Parks issued a statement in response to the American Academy of Pediatrics report saying that it welcomed studies such as this but said that “more than 50 million people visited trampoline parks in North America and there would naturally be an increase in the number of injuries as the parks gained in popularity.”
The IATP further asserted that the recreational benefits outweighed the negatives and that they were committed to the safety of the sport and they were “actively engaged in programs aimed at promoting the safety and well-being of jumpers who visit our member parks.”
No matter what sport you decide to take up, there are risks involved. However, when there are known safety issues associated with a sport or a type of sports equipment, it is wise to examine all ways in which to make players and spectators safer. While sometimes a sport can do very well at self-regulating, sometimes such safety regulations need to be mandated by law in order to reduce risks.
If you are injured on someone’s property, that opens the property owner to a potential premises injury lawsuit. Find out if you may be eligible to file one by calling us today. Your consultation with the Miami personal injury lawyers at NK&P is free and without obligation.
If you or a loved one has been hurt at a trampoline park or other recreational facility, and you live in Aventura, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, or anywhere else in South Florida, contact NK&P for help.