Do indoor trampoline centers pose a spinal cord injury risk?

Planning a day of family fun in Florida might involve going to one of the many indoor trampoline parks popping up in the state. While trips to these centers can usually end without any unexpected events, there are some instances in which trips to indoor trampoline centers might end with injuries.

A pediatric orthopedist from The Orlando Orthopedic Center says that more than one child uses a trampoline at the same time is the most common way that injuries occur. She goes on to say that younger children might not be coordinated enough to successfully complete tricks they attempt. When the children are all jumping together, they might collide. Collisions and improper landings might lead to injuries, according to the orthopedist.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, approximately 98,000 injuries related to trampolines occur each year. Some of these injuries can include spinal cord injuries, lower back injuries, broken bones and sprains.

One 12-year-old girl was injured at a trampoline park. Another child landed on her leg after jumping on the trampoline. The girl had to be taken to the emergency room. She had a fractured tibia, which needed a screw to repair. The girl has healed now and enjoying jumping on her own trampoline.

While most indoor trampoline centers have rules to help keep participants safe, those rules aren’t always sufficient. Anyone who has suffered in an accident at an indoor trampoline center or another recreational center might have the right to seek compensation for his or her injuries. Experienced personal injury attorneys can provide more information on pursuing compensation through the civil courts.

Source: Click Orlando, “Health experts warn of dangers at trampoline parks” Paul Giorgio, Apr. 03, 2014