With an increase in injuries at trampoline parks, doctors and experts warn against the dangers these parks pose for children.
Each year, emergency rooms see roughly 100,000 trampoline injures that occurred at home or at a trampoline park, according to the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System.
An ER doctor explains that children are suffering from what is called a trampoline fracture. Because children have open growth plates in their extremities, they tend to fracture easier than an adult which could affect children’s growth later.
The American Academy of Pediatrics advises against recreational trampoline use and hope pediatricians will actively discourage their patients from doing so.
Trampoline parks pose greater risks than trampolines used at home for a few reasons: the bigger trampolines give people the ability to jump higher and ultimately land harder, there are multiple people using the trampolines at once and also, trampoline parks have walls that you can hit.
There are a few things parents can do to help ensure their loved one’s safety such as using protective gear, avoiding flips on the trampoline and making sure there are not too many children jumping at once. In these types of cases, parental supervision is key in helping avoid an injury.
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