Are Trampoline Parks Too Dangerous?

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Millions of kids will visit trampoline parks this year. Will you be one of them? If so, experts are worried that you might bounce into trouble. In 2017, nearly 18,000 people landed in the hospital after getting hurt at trampoline parks. Accidents often happen when more than one person jumps on a trampoline at the same time.

“Parks have rules against this, but it still happens all the time,” warns pediatrician Michele LaBotz.

But others say there's no need to stop jumping. Trampoline park injury rates are about the same as soccer or volleyball injury rates. That's according to the International Association of Trampoline Parks (IATP).

“When following the rules, jumping at a trampoline park can be a healthy, fun experience,” says Bethany Evans from the IATP.

Here’s what two of our readers think.

I used to enjoy trampoline parks until I realized how dangerous they can be. Kids can break a bone, or worse. In the last few years, at least six people have died from trampoline park injuries.

Even if you’re following the rules, other kids might not be. At most parks, many trampolines are connected. So everyone’s jumping affects others, which often leads to trouble.

Trampoline parks are a great way for kids to get exercise. All that jumping burns calories, which is important. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 5 kids and teens are overweight.

If you follow the rules, you can avoid danger. For instance, I know that I shouldn’t try crazy stunts and flips. Plus, most parks have padded walls and nets to keep jumpers safe.

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