Health experts warn of dangers at trampoline parks

Published On: Apr 03 2014 11:15:00 PM EDT   Updated On: Apr 04 2014 06:08:47 AM EDT

The popularity of trampoline parks is leading to an increasing number of sprains, fractures and more serious injuries among children.


Indoor trampoline parks are popping up all over Central Florida. They can provide climate controlled fun for kids and young adults, but health experts agree, they pose the same dangers as their outdoor cousins.

In fact the American Academy of Pediatrics last reported 98,000 trampoline involved injuries happen a year.

12-year-old Sherri Zeitun is part of that statistic. In an instant, a day of fun at a trampoline park turned into a trip to the E.R. when another child jumped and landed on her leg.

"It happened so fast, I couldn't even stand on it." She said.

It took a screw to repair the fracture in her tibia.

Injuries like the one Sherri suffered are common in Dr. Tamara Topoleski's office. The pediatric orthopedist with The Orlando Orthopedic Center says trampoline injuries can range from sprains and broken wrists to spine, lower back and even neck injuries. 

She says the most common way for injuries to occur is when more than one child is on the trampoline at the same time.

"They are all bouncing and they collide with one another and the collision or improper landing creates the injury," she said.

Topoleski says younger children may not have the coordination to safely land the tricks they try.

"They may not be at the level of coordination that they can handle some of these places or they haven't had the proper training," Topoleski said.

Topoleski says training and supervision are key.

"I think there is a place for these businesses, in the training of athletes, gymnasts, divers perhaps but I think for recreational use it can really be dangerous if not properly supervised," she said.

Sherri is back on her feet and back on her home trampoline-- solo and with her parents supervising.

"I feel like nothing happened. I'm back to normal and I can do everything like nothing happened," she said.


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