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Report: Number of kids hurt at trampoline parks skyrocketing

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With trampoline parks becoming popular nationwide, children visiting emergency rooms with related injuries are also skyrocketing.

A new study found there were ten times as many emergency room visits for trampoline park-related injuries from 2010 to 2014 in the United States.

The study looked at emergency room reports from a national database to estimate the number of kids hurt while jumping on a trampoline at both parks and homes.

It found there were nearly 7,000 trampoline park-related injuries in 2015, whereas there were about 580 in 2010.

Most children had leg injuries like sprains and fractures. There were also children seriously hurt, including two spinal cord injuries, a skull fracture and open fractures, the report said.

The study also found children hurt were normally males, with an average age of 13.  

Kids hurt at trampoline parks were less likely to have head injuries than children who hurt themselves at home, according to the report.

Trampoline parks have increased across the nation. There were only 35 to 40 parks in 2011 and by 2014 that skyrocketed to 280.

That includes Aftershock Indoor Trampoline Park in Midland where manager Ashley Nugent says safety is their first priority.

“Yeah, there’s a lot of things that we make sure we keep an eye on. All of our staff is First Aid and Safety Certified. That’s one of the biggest things that we have here. And we also have rules, don’t jump head first into the pits, no double flips, the basic things like that,” said Nugent.

Routine maintenance checks, protective padding and a protective net surrounding the entire trampoline park are just a few of the precautionary measures Aftershock takes.

There haven’t been any serious injuries at Aftershock, and employees like Victoria Montgomery know very well how to prevent them from happening.

“Obviously make sure you have your grip socks on, those are very key for us because the trampoline gets very slippery. And if people have normal socks they could slip on their butts and it’s better for kids when they’re running that they don’t slide.”

Parents and children at the park agree that an adventurous facility like Aftershock is a lot of fun when safety is well managed.

“They can do more here, if they fall off mine they land in the dirt. Here it’s more soft,” said parent Stephanie Burack.

The American Academy of Pediatrics says children should have constant adult supervision if they’re jumping on a trampoline. There should also be protective padding on and around the trampoline and kids should avoid flips and somersaults. 

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