New study suggests trampolines can be dangerous for children


Knoxville, Tenn. (WVLT) – A recent British Medical Journal study found that tension from commercial trampolines may create a greater risk than home equipment. Experts report that the tension allows users to potentially bounce higher and amplifies the strain on bones and ligaments.

The study also found that children using trampoline centers are more than twice as likely to be injured as those using a trampoline at home. In addition, leg injuries were three times more common.

In Tennessee, these sites are regulated by the state and must meet several safety requirements, including passing an inspection.

More than 30 non-compliant entertainment companies have been reported to the state of Tennessee over the past decade. All Knoxville-area locations like Urban Air Knoxville would operate under code.

“I inspect every little thing, make sure all the upholstery is correct. All the springs are secure. Anything that looks wrong is immediately replaced. I do it at 10 a.m. every morning, and I also do it at 3 hours in the middle of the day, ”said manager Dylan Alderson.

Customers can report a trampoline incident across the state by clicking here.

The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission wants users to allow only one person on the trampoline at a time, to avoid somersaults, and to keep children six and under away from full-size trampolines.

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