A 3-year-old boy from Florida has been left in a body cast from the waist down after he was injured from a jumping around at a trampoline park.
Details on the Trampoline Injury
It was reported by ABC News that a young boy from Florida, Colton Hill, had injured himself at a trampoline park last month. The boy’s mother, Kaitlin Hill, stated that her son had broken his femur while at the park.
Hill posted on Facebook about what had happened to her son at the indoor park in Tampa, and her message was shared over 235,000 times.
The park that they had gone to promoted toddlers using the trampolines, even though some medical organizations advise against such activities for very young children.
Colton’s injuries forced him to wear a cast for six weeks, travel with a special car seat, and use diapers. His mother has stated that this experience was very traumatic for him, and he now only sleeps around 4 or 5 hours every night because of the trauma.
The International Association of Trampoline Parks was contacted for a statement, but they did not respond.
Trampoline Injury Statistics
The following statistics were provided by the Huffington Post:
- Between 2002 and 2011, around 1 million people went to emergency departments for injuries caused by trampolines.
- During this span of time, trampoline-related injuries cost around $1 billion to treat, with more than $400 million being spent specifically on fractures.
- Most bone fractures from trampoline usage occur in children.
- Of those fractures, around 59.9 percent are in the upper body, 35.7 percent are in the lower body, and the rest of the injuries usually involve the skull or spine