A fun excursion to a Washington trampoline park took an unexpected for one family, recently, when it ended with a 9-year-old in the hospital, according to Herald Mail Media. Apparently, the young boy landed wrong on a trampoline and fell awkwardly, hitting his dead.
The accident happened at the Sky Zone Trampoline Park on Insurance Way. After the accident, he was taken by helicopter to Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., and returned home the next day. He was diagnosed with a concussion and was told to rest and recover.
While in this case it sounds like the boy will be okay, the accident highlights the dangers of trampoline parks. They’re a great way to get some exercise and have fun with family and friends, but trampoline parks, and trampolines at home, certainly carry significant risks. Trampoline parks are a relatively new trend, and it seems like more and more homes have personal trampolines in their yards these days, so we can expect injuries from using them to rise in the coming years.
It sounds like the concern in the medical community is starting to match the reality of the dangers. Dr. Tom Scaletta is the director of emergency services at Edward’s Hospital in Illinois. He told the Chicago Tribune that trampoline injuries come into the hospital on a “relatively regular basis” and thinks that individuals should put them in their backyards.
The American Academy of Pediatrics echoes that sentiment, but takes it even further. They don’t that trampoline use for recreational purposes is appropriate for any age, although the smaller the jumper the bigger the risk. The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons also states trampolines should not be used by anyone under 6 years of age.
Scaletta, for his part, understands that families are probably still going to use trampolines in their yards, so he suggests setting some safety rules for preventing injuries that all users must follow. For one, there should be a limit on the number of people on the trampoline at any one time. Also, those kids should be of similar age and size so no one will get bowled over by a larger kid. Collisions can easily result in broken bones and concussions. Forbidding stunts like flipping and having multiple people bounce at the same time to propel someone else into the air would also go a long way to preventing injury, he says. Someone can still get launched off the trampoline, even if there’s a net, depending on the weight and the momentum of those who are doing the launching.
There are close to 100,000 people injured every year in the United States from trampolines, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. Some of those accidents are through no fault of the people who were injured. If you or your child have been injured in an accident, whether it involved trampolines or not, it’s a good idea to contact an attorney to answer your questions and discuss your options for getting any compensation to which you might be entitled.

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