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Trampoline Injuries Study: With More Commercial Parks, More Boo-Boos

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Trampoline parks are rising in popularity, and injuries have also risen, according to a new study.

The new research, published in the journal Pediatrics, indicated that U.S. emergency room visits for trampoline park injuries rose sharply from 581 in 2010 to 6,932 in 2014, according to data from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System. The frequency of injuries related to home trampolines remained steady during that time.

Trampoline injuries cause about 100,000 emergency room visits each year, and the new study called trampoline park injuries an "emerging concern."

Sprains and fractures make up the majority of trampoline injuries, while severe injuries such as spinal cord damages and open fractures are reported more rarely. Trampoline parks result in more lower extremity fractures, whereas injuries on home trampolines more often involve elbows and forearms.

"Our concern is that there are more serious trampoline injuries [at parks] than on home trampolines," said Kathryn Kasmire, a pediatric emergency medicine fellow at the Connecticut Children's Medical Center and the University of Connecticut and an author of the study.

About 9 percent of injuries at trampoline parks result in hospital admissions compared with 5.2 percent from home trampoline injuries.

"I don't think parents realize how significant the injuries can be or how frequently they occur," Katherine Leaming-Van Zandt, an emergency medicine physician at Texas Children's Hospital, told NPR.

The International Association of Trampoline Parks responded to the study in a statement, saying more than 50 million people visited trampoline parks in North America within the last year, and that the increase in injuries is natural with the growth of the industry.

"The IATP agrees that trampoline jumping is best enjoyed when appropriate safety measures are in place. … We believe that the positives of youth recreational sports far outweigh the negatives and we are actively engaged in programs aimed at promoting the safety and well-being of jumpers who visit our member parks," the association said in the statement.

The American Academy of Pediatrics advises
against trampoline use by children, saying the potential for severe injury is high. Multiple jumpers and tricks like somersaulting and flipping increase the risks. The AAP noted that injuries occur even with adult supervision, enclosures, and padding.

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