Trampoline parks seem to be gaining popularity everywhere. Understandably so, the ability to jump around is quite alluring for kids. As enticing as these parks are, they are just as dangerous.
Many are asking the question, why are trampoline parks so dangerous? The injuries associated with trampolines are on the rise because there are specific dangers present at trampoline parks that aren’t always obvious.
Trampoline Park Dangers
Trampoline parks are liable for multiple jumpers who often occupy the same trampoline that can result in injuries from collisions. Jumpers are not always separated by age or size, which poses a risk for small children. Trampolines in parks are much larger than backyard trampolines which tend to result in higher and more dangerous jumps. Sports playing on trampolines in these parks is quite common so when combined new and unexpected dangers can be encountered.
The size of a trampoline park is essentially what makes them so dangerous. The average park is anywhere from 25,000 to 40,000 square feet which makes it tough to monitor the entire facility. While “jump guards” are employed at some parks, they usually have little to no training.
There are many parks that also have design flaws. Each trampoline area connects to the others which leads to additional dangers. Connecting trampolines with steel bars can in fact reduce some of the energy transfer but unfortunately, it cannont eliminate it completely. For that reason, many trampoline parks do not use steel bars but rather cable and chain connections. The risks associated with that though are heavy as they fail to stop the transfer of energy.
No Regulation for Trampoline Parks
Another aspect that poses a danger is that trampoline parks are widely unregulated. The increase in parks around the country has sparked the industry to respond with expansion among trade groups. The groups are the International Association of Trampoline Parks and the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions. Both organizations established a list of practices that trampoline parks are encouraged to follow, but not mandatory. The regulations were also written by industry leaders who neglected many important safety risks and dangers associated with trampoline parks.
When there is an absence of proper regulation, trampoline parks are then left to determine how and when to inspect and maintain equipment, implement first aid procedures, and offer training. Parks have a duty of care to their guests and are responsible for ensuring their safety.
Trampoline Park Injuries
The most common injuries that are related to trampoline parks are unexpected. When there are two or more jumpers on a trampoline, there is a large amount of energy built up in the bounce. That energy can be transferred from one trampoline to the next, so if a jumper lands on the trampoline at the wrong moment, energy not transferred in the form of a bounce could be the same as falling onto the pavement. Trampoline park injuries include:
- Torn ligaments
- Broken bones
- Skull fractures
- Head injuries
Injuries sustained at trampoline parks can be very serious and have even resulted in juries awarding millions of dollars to victims.
Energy transferred during a trampoline park injury can be compared to that which is sustained in a car crash. These injuries are seen in high-velocity trauma motor vehicle crashes that exceed 90 miles per hour. The transfer of energy comes with a transfer of force which multiplies the violence of the impact. The impact will occur in a fast blow leaving the victim severely injured.
Call Kwartler Manus in Philadelphia
Anyone who decides to visit and explore a trampoline park is encouraged to consider potential dangers. It is recommended that those individuals who have been injured at a trampoline park reach out to a personal injury attorney for a case evaluation. Call the experienced Philadelphia personal injury attorneys at Kwartler Manus today at 267-457-5570 to schedule a consultation.