Trampoline park injuries on the rise

WINTERVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – The heat isn’t only thing parents should take precautions over.

New data shows injuries from trampoline parks are on the rise.

“About 5 years ago you wouldn’t really see a facility like this,” said Emma Terry, Air-U Trampoline Park.

Obstacles, foam pits, and trampolines. What’s not to love?

“This is a great way for kids to get out of the house, be active, it’s really great for the families to come and enjoy their time here,” explained Terry.

With more opening up, trampoline park injuries are at an all-time high. This is the difference in visits from 2010 to 2014.

In Greenville, trampoline-related visits of any kind, home or park, are on the rise.

“Doesn’t surprise me because of the fact that trampolines usually do come at a price in terms of increase amount of injury,” said Dr. Shirley Patel, Physicians East.

But the numbers don’t always tell the whole story.

“Safety is the number one thing especially when it comes to kids,” said Terry.

Greenville’s park is doing its part to make sure everyone goes home in one piece.

“We have a safety video that every kid and jumper needs to watch beforehand, shows the safety to do’s and what not to do,” said Terry.

Doctors say people have come in for everything from broken bones to minor falls and bumps. But that doesn’t mean you should forget about trampolines or parks altogether.

I mean, who wouldn’t want to go a park full of trampolines. Just remember safety first.

“Yeah there’s risk with anything that you can really bring your kids to, but really we’re here just to make sure that everybody has fun,” said Terry.

Most trampoline-related injuries happen at home compared to a trampoline park.

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