ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Trampoline parks are growing in popularity. In Albuquerque alone there are three, and while each park tries to do its part to ensure people are aware of any potential dangers, sometimes it’s not enough.
Experts say that fun is sending a lot of kids to the emergency rooms.
“I went from jumping to a front flip to deciding to something a little more advanced and landed extremely wrong,” said 20-year-old Ronnie Stacy.
Stacy was celebrating a friend’s birthday at Gravity Park earlier this summer when he landed wrong and hurt himself. It was a flip that caused him to break not only his leg, but also his foot and ankle.
“I expected the worst thing I could get there is a sprain but obviously not,” said Stacy.
Stacy said park officials rushed to his aid immediately after it happened.
While some say the park should have done more to protect its customers, Stacy says the park took all the necessary precautions. But in the end, it was his fault, and not the park’s.
“If I would’ve just jumped, I would’ve been fine. So it’s on me, not them,” said Stacy.
Even though Stacy is taking the blame, there is still a growing concern over trampoline safety.
Researchers found there were nearly 7,000 park-related emergency room visits in 2014. That’s up from less than 600 in 2010.
Right now, there are no federal standards for the more than 200 indoor trampoline parks across the country. Concerns have led to a number of lawsuits, including two right here in Albuquerque.
It’s a risk Stacy says you should be aware of.
“When you go there, it should be pretty obvious that there’s a high risk of injury because you’re leaping all over the place,” said Stacy.
KRQE News 13 reached out to New Mexico trampoline parks about this new study, but we only heard back from Gravity Park.
They declined to go on camera but sent this statement:
Safety has always been our #1 Priority at Gravity Park. Any extreme sport can be enjoyed safely, but there is always an element of risk. We minimize this at our park by helping our customers understand the inherent risks involved and to avoid injuries by following the park rules. We also train our staff to maintain and enforce a structured environment to promote safety. The injury rate at trampoline parks is less than 0.2% in general; our park is even lower which is a very low injury rate in comparison to any other organized or action sport. We are proud to be leading out in educating the marketplace on park safety. If a customer is injured we implement our training procedures by blowing our whistle, clearing the area, using a radio to call for backup, asking effective questions….and creating a plan of action to assist while showing empathy for those in need. We love the Duke City, and look forward to years of extreme recreation together!
For a link to the study, click here.