Are Trampoline Parks Too Dangerous?

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Countless kids will visit trampoline parks this year. Are you one of them? If so, experts worry that you might be bouncing into trouble. In 2017, nearly 18,000 people landed in the emergency room after getting injured at trampoline parks. Accidents often happen when more than one kid jumps on a trampoline at the same time.

“Parks have rules against this, but it still happens all the time,” warns Dr. Michele LaBotz of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

But others say there’s no need to stop jumping. Some people point out that any physical activity can be risky. For example, in 2017, about five times more kids were injured while riding bikes than at trampoline parks.

“When following the rules, jumping at a trampoline park can be a healthy, fun experience,” says Bethany Evans from the International Association of Trampoline Parks.

Here’s what two of our readers think.

I enjoyed going to trampoline parks until I learned how dangerous they can be. Kids have suffered broken bones and serious spinal and head injuries. In the past few years, at least six people have died from trampoline park injuries.

Even if you’re following the rules, other kids might not be. Plus, bouncing on trampolines is unpredictable, and at many parks they’re connected. That can lead to trouble, especially when bigger kids are jumping near smaller kids.

A few hours of fun just isn’t worth the risk!

Bouncing at a trampoline park is a great way for kids to get exercise. It gets your heart pumping and helps you develop balance and strengthen your muscles.

Trampoline parks have rules to keep kids safe. They limit the number of jumpers in each area and don’t allow crazy stunts and flips. Plus, most parks have padded walls and safety nets.

You can get hurt doing just about any activity. Whether you’re playing baseball, swimming, or using a trampoline, the key is to follow the rules.

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