Rising injuries at jump parks
Now that school is out and summer break is here, this is a busy time of year for jump parks, but two local doctors found that more kids are bouncing from the jump park and trampoline right into the ER.
Dr. Jesse Doty, Orthopedic Surgeon, Erlanger Health System says "We started to notice a trend five or six years ago where we felt like we're seeing higher acute injuries, higher energy injuries, and more severe injuries."
Dr. Doty along with Dr. Ryan Voskuil () conducted a two-year study which compared injuries from commercial jump parks versus home trampolines.
Here's what their study found There were 439 trampoline injuries: 150 or (34%) at jump parks versus 289 or (66%) on home trampolines, but those at jump parks were more severe.
Dr. Ryan Voskuil says "Particular individual who had broken both legs and they were actually open fractures and the bones were sticking out of the skin."
Dr. Jesse Doty says "More jump park injuries had to go to surgery and particularly in adults, there was also a higher rater of admission of an overnight stay."
Nationwide, there were more than 100,000 emergency room visits related to trampoline injuries in 2014. That's according to the latest data from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Doctors Doty and Voskuil say this study isn't meant to scare parents, but to raise awareness and urge caution.
Dr. Jesse Doty, Erlanger Medical Center says "The biggest thing for us was to just raise awareness and say if you want to jump at a jump park or participate there, I think that's fantastic, I just think you should just be aware,"
Dr. Ryan Voskuil, Erlanger Medical Center says "Just the understanding of the risks involved when you go and knowing adults tend to have more severe injuries."
When it comes to jump park safety, keep these tips in mind:
- Land on both feet
- Tuck your legs inward if you lose control
- No double flips
- Never land on your head
- One person per trampoline
We did reach out to local jump parks to see if they had a comment on this study. We did not hear back from any of them.