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Are trampoline parks safe for kids?

A young girl holds a broken arm. A mom and provider are in the background.

Nov. 22, 2019—Heading to a trampoline park for a party—or just a fun family outing—may sound like a good time. But one bad bounce could lead to serious injuries for kids.

In fact, the growing popularity of these parks may be fueling a rise in trampoline-related injuries, a new study suggests.

A worrisome trend

The study was presented at the 2019 National Conference and Exhibition of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Researchers looked at medical records of children under 18 who'd had a broken bone between 2008 and 2017.

In 2008, trampolines were the cause of more than 3.5% of fractures in kids. But that number has risen steadily since. By 2017, it was more than 6%.

Even more concerning: For every year of the study, it was 32% more likely that those fractures occurred in a trampoline park or gym—not on a backyard trampoline.

Best bet: Don't bounce

Trampolines are a significant cause of broken bones in children and teens. But the AAP warns they can cause other serious injuries too, such as:

  • Strains and sprains.
  • Concussions.
  • Head and neck injuries that can lead to paralysis or death.

In fact, the risks of landing wrong are so serious that the AAP says most kids shouldn't use trampolines at all. The only exception is a supervised training program for gymnastics, diving or other competitive sports.

There are safer ways for kids to have fun and get exercise. Check out these ideas.

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