Trampoline parks sparking controversy after 3-year-old is injured

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By: Tiffany Lewis | WCTV Eyewitness News
July 12, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- A three-year-old child is now in a cast from the waist down following an injury he sustained at the Sky Zone Trampoline Park in Tampa.

The boy's mother posted a photo of her son on Facebook with a warning message to not let small children jump on trampolines. She is claiming that her son's legs were not strong enough to handle the pressure from the jumping and it caused one of his legs to fracture.

A study from the American Association of Pediatrics shows a large increase in numbers of trampoline-related ER visits in the past several years.

In 2010, there were 580 trampoline-related hospital visits. In 2014, that number was up to nearly 7,000.

The number of trampoline parks in the United States has also grown in that time.

But not all parents are against trampoline parks. Tallahassee resident Marvin Motley says the organization and rules actually make him feel safer than if his daughter was jumping at home.

"They partition it to where, the kids are still enjoying themselves, but the safety is there," Motley said, "They walk around and monitor each station and it actually is a slow process because they have so many safety regulations."

SkyZone released a statement in regards to the 3-year-old's injury Wednesday saying, "The recent incident involving a minor at Sky Zone Tampa did not occur the way it has been portrayed in the media. We have supplied the family with video footage of the incident. Out of respect to the family, we do not have plans to release the footage publicly at this time."

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