Hidden camera investigation: Trampoline park safety (Marketplace)
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Hidden camera investigation: Trampoline park safety (Marketplace)


[ ♪♪♪ ] -[ Charlsie ] Audio’s recording. Undercover across the country. Oh, my gosh.
Oh, my gosh! -[ Charlsie ] What are
you signing, anyway? Did I read it? No… The possibility of physical
or emotional injury, paralysis, death, and property damage. They just said they don’t
assume any responsibility for your kid. Okay, I’ve seen enough. -[ Charlsie ] The truth about
trampoline parks, on your Marketplace. [ ♪♪♪ ] -[ Charlsie ] It’s
a kids paradise. Cannonball! -[ Charlsie ] Trampoline
parks are bouncing into cities across the country. 360 dunk! -[ Charlsie ] A typical Saturday
afternoon, but with a twist. I did it! I did it! -[ Charlsie ] ‘Cause we’re
inside…with hidden cameras. Is this recording right now?
-Yes. -[ Charlsie ] On a cross-country
safety spot check, it’s an unregulated industry. No one is watching, until now. It’s the birthday party they
want, and the one their friends want to come to. -[ Charlsie ] Sold as
the perfect place for kids parties. Throw yourself in the air and
land in a giant pile of foam. Yeah! -[ Charlsie ]
Afternoons of fun… Oh! I just got stabbed in the hand.
I think it was by the spring. I don’t know. -[ Charlsie ] ..landing
some people in the ER. We don’t know what’s going on
right now, but it seems like there’s a little
situation behind us. As you can see,
I’m in a lot of pain. I just, like, broke
my foot or something. I hit my nose super hard. -[ Charlsie ] Leaving others
with debilitating injuries. Last year, 17-year-old Landon
Smith breaks his neck in the foam pit at this trampoline part
in Sherwood Park, Alberta. He’s now a quadriplegic. Then, at this park in Hamilton,
Ontario, 18-year-old Blake Davies breaks his
neck, paralyzing him from the chest down. And earlier this year in
Richmond, BC, Jay Greenwood dies, in front of his two young
daughters, after jumping into the foam pit. That’s why we’re visiting
trampoline parks across the country, in Ontario, Alberta,
Nova Scotia, and BC… Awesome. You guys are all
good to go until 6:30. -[ Charlsie ] ..to find
out what’s going on. They’re selling this as a
fun, family event that can include all ages.
It’s misleading. The reality is that those
younger children are at very high risk of injury. -[ Charlsie ] Dr Laura Purcell
agrees to look at some of what we see. She’s part of a team tracking
kids’ injuries at 18 hospitals across the country. With trampoline parks, the
main concern is that the tensile strength of
the mat itself is stronger, so that
the bounce is harder, so it’s more
jarring to the body, so kids are getting
a lot more leg injuries because of that bounce. -[ Charlsie ] The hospital data
shows that bounce leads to a higher proportion
of lower body injuries at trampoline
parks compared to backyard trampolines. The other thing that we
see is when there are multiple jumpers on
at the same time, a phenomenon
called double bounce. One kid is bouncing while the
other kid is either coming down or up, and they can’t
control the bounce. -[ Charlsie ] Like what we
capture here at this park in the Ottawa area. Watch the little girl
in the purple shirt. So, they’re being
affected by the bounce of the other people on the mat. It’s one person
per trampoline, so you can’t double jump. So right there. She’s just done a somersault. Landing into a soft pit,
which…any medical organization that has a statement on
trampolines recommends against. -[ Charlsie ] Flips… Yeah, any kind of
flips or somersaults. -[ Charlsie ] Yet everywhere we
visit, at trampoline Park after trampoline Park,
that’s what we see. 36% of children’s face
and neck injuries in trampoline parks are the result of
stunts and flips. Compare that to just 13%
in backyard trampolines. There’s a
little tiny, tiny girl. -[ Charlsie ] Oh, she looks wee. Oh!
See? -[ Charlsie ] She hit the… Yeah, so the potential there
is she’s on a bouncy surface and lands on a hard surface, sending
a shock or jar up her spine. The potential is that you could
get a compression fracture of the vertebrae in the back. -[ Charlsie ] Just
from doing that? Mmm-hmm. -[ Charlsie ] That is something
this family in Victoria, BC knows too well. Last year, Sylvie
Gilbert’s daughter’s life… This is her in this brace. -[ Charlsie ] ..changes
forever, in a split second. While visiting family in
Kelowna, grandma takes Chelsea and her brother to the local
trampoline park, EnergyPlex. After hearing other kids talk
about it, Chelsea decides to do a belly flop
into the foam pit. When she landed her
back bent backwards, so she hyperextended her back
and she heard a crack, and she had so much
pain in that moment. -[ Charlsie ] Later
back at grandma’s… I asked her to stand up and
that’s when she realized she couldn’t stand up. She couldn’t feel her legs. -[ Charlsie ] Wow. Um, and then she started
saying, “My bum is burning hot. “My legs are burning hot. “It’s so much pain, Mom.” This is the medevac. This is her waiting the
day after her injury. -[ Charlsie ] Chelsea
is airlifted to BC Children’s Hospital. It was, just sinking in hour
by hour how serious the gravity of
the situation was. This is spinal cord. This is her legs. This is her inability to walk. It opens up like
that, and I had to get that on. -[ Charlsie ] Wow. And you wore this for how
long, about six months? Five months. When I hit the foam, then I,
like– I heard, like– I heard, like, a crack and
it really hurt. -[ Charlsie ] Did you
cry at all? No. -[ Charlsie ] Not at all? Just sometimes–
I didn’t cry when it happened. Just sometimes after
when I got really scared. -[ Charlsie ] Today, they’re
heading into yet another physio appointment. And we’re going to bring
your hip down a little bit. Can you feel if I were to put a
bottle on your back that that wouldn’t roll off there? -[ Charlsie ] Turns out when
Chelsea does that belly flop, she tears the ligaments
in her spine. Bring your back
foot in a little bit. -[ Charlsie ] She’s diagnosed
with a spinal cord injury. Lean all your weight forward. We are seeing injuries that are
occurring at speed and force that we would not normally see. -[ Charlsie ] Krista Williams,
Chelsea’s physiotherapist. The doctors are
predicting that she will need a spinal fusion. If she doesn’t have the
ligamentous system holding one of her vertebrae in, they
actually need to go in and place in hardware, metal, to
screw them together so that this will stop moving. -[ Charlsie ] How big of a
challenge is it for someone to fully recover from this? Is that even possible? We can’t return her
to how she was before. Okay, 1 foot… She can’t keep
up with her friends. She can’t do the
same activities. She can’t play soccer.
She loved soccer. I’d cry myself to sleep just not
knowing what kind of pain, what kind of life she’s
going to live. -[ Charlsie ] Back on our
undercover inspection, more close calls caught on
camera. At this park in BC an
employee describes what they see. -[ Charlsie ] And get this. Here the lights go out for
five minutes every half hour. This is a
safety announcement. Do not sit or lay
down on the trampolines. -[ Charlsie ] Audio
is recording? I want to see for myself
what it’s like to jump, so I head into my local park. Do people get hurt here a lot? They do? After paying 18 bucks
for an hour, I’m sent on my way
to start jumping. No instruction. No orientation. Remember the
dangers of double bounce? This sign says, “Always
one jumper per trampoline.” Yet we see multiple kids jumping
on the same trampoline, and no one stops them. Next, I check out
another park nearby. There’s a short safety video. No one seems to be watching. Doesn’t take long before
we see someone get hurt. Guys, be careful.
Walk back on the blue. And you’ve gotta
line up here, okay? Line up behind him. -[ Charlsie ] Then we
watch as this little guy tries to somersaults into
the foam pit… [ Gasps ] -[ Charlsie ] This is your
Marketplace. Back on our safety spot check, undercover inside
trampoline parks. From popular chains,
to independents all across the country. This little boy does a
somersault into the foam pit, narrowly missing his
head on the edge. We’re giving kids superhuman
abilities when we put them on a– on a trampoline, and we need to remind ourselves
that they don’t have the training behind that. -[ Charlsie ] Makes me wonder,
can you have sky-high fun and still stay safe? Hey, Dawn.
-Hey, Charlsie. How are you? -[ Charlsie ] Dawn
Izzard sure thinks so. She’s the recreation manager
at Burlington Gymnastics Club. We’re gonna go out there,
we’re gonna learn about our safety rules. -[ Charlsie ] Here they run
weekly trampoline classes for kids six and up. Using our walking feet, we’re
going to come on over to the middle of the floor. We’re going to say
hello to Coach Sarah. So we land in what’s
called the motorcycle. -[ Charlsie ] First Sarah shows
me how to stop properly on the trampoline. So we practice by just
going up here and then landing. -[ Charlsie ] And why
do I want to do that? So that the G-forces
are absorbed properly through each joint. So, we’re going to head
over to the Tumble Track. -[ Charlsie ] Okay. So my arms are
going to be up here? Yeah, arms are gonna be up.
-[ Charlsie ] And I’m just… Jumped all the way, yeah. -[ Charlsie ] Look at me go! Land in a motorcycle. Good job! -[ Charlsie ] Why don’t I
just go onto the big one first? Because you have to make sure
you know how to control your body first. -[ Charlsie ] So what do I do
with my hands in the Star? They’re out? Yeah, you just
kind of jump out, yeah. And motorcycle. You’ve got to try and bend
your knees a little bit more. -[ Charlsie ] Star! Talk!
-Oh, wow. Wow!
-[ Charlsie ] Star. Okay there you go. Good job. Ready to try the real
trampolines over here? -[ Charlsie ] Okay. Move through my arms?
-Yeah. -[ Charlsie ] Wooh! Wooh!
-And then motorcycle to stop. -[ Charlsie ] Okay. Good job. -[ Charlsie ] What do you think
the biggest difference is from coming into a place like this
versus just walking into a park? We have our coaches within
arm reach all the time of all our gymnasts that are on the
trampoline or the tumble track. Our coaches are all certified,
they take trampoline courses, we do in- house training with
trampoline progressions and drills too. -[ Charlsie ] Dawn’s been
coaching for more than 25 years, so we ask her to tag
along on our undercover safety spot check. This time, we’re
checking out Aerosports. They’re just running.
They’re just wild. Oh, my God. Okay, I’ve seen enough. -[ Charlsie ] With employees
looking on, kids jump from this block, bouncing from the
trampoline onto a hard surface. Ah!
-Oh, buddy, no flips on there. It just makes sense to put a
block up that you would encourage them to jump from. These girls are far too small
to be jumping from a height. -[ Charlsie ] As we watch, one
of the girls jumps, putting her knee into her own eye. -[ Charlsie ] So what’s the
most surprising thing here? Just the running,
the near collisions that you see a lot of. That is, that block. Yeah. And just not
enforcing the rules. -[ Charlsie ] One rule they are
enforcing, here and at every other park we visit,
is to make sure everyone signs one of these. What do I have to do to jump? But how many of us
actually read those waivers? Come on, strength in numbers. So, trampoline
parks, have you been? Yes.
-Yeah. -[ Charlsie ] You’ve been?
-Yes. -[ Charlsie ] You guys ever
been? Sky Zone. I’ve been to Sky Zone. -[ Charlsie ] Anything catch
your attention at all about the waiver? I usually don’t
read that kind of stuff. I just signed it because
it’s a requirement right. -[ Charlsie ] Do you
remember reading the waiver? Did I read it? No. I probably didn’t
read the entire waiver. That’s probably the most… -[ Charlsie ] You don’t
think you read the whole thing? No. -[ Charlsie ] It’s your lucky
day, because I’ve got a Sky Zone waiver right here. Oh, excellent. All right. “In exchange for Sky Zone
allowing me or my child to participate in
trampoline activities, I agree as follows…” Oh, my god! -[ Charlsie ] What do you think? It was somewhat concerning. You’re like, wow, broken bones,
they’re not watching my kids. -[ Charlsie ] Yeah. You know, those are two
things that, you know, that are kind of scary. Basically the onus is on you as
the parent to watch your kid at all times. -[ Charlsie ] Or the staff, who
according to the waiver, it says– Or the staff you hope, yeah,
but they just said they don’t assume any responsibility
for your kids. -[ Charlsie ] Waivers from the
other trampoline parks in our survey have
similar wording. But we noticed this particular
line at Flying Squirrel. “There is also a risk that
Flying Squirrel employee’s may be negligent in, among other
things, monitoring or supervising use of
it’s equipment and facilities in the maintenance and repair of
it’s equipment and facilities.” Yeah, that goes a little far. Well, it’s saying that the
staff don’t take responsibilities for the
equipment and stuff like that? That’s mad because you
wouldn’t expect that. No, that’s not good, yeah.
-No. -[ Charlsie ] And listen
carefully to this next part. “I agree to give up my rights
to sue Sky Zone for any damage, expense, physical or emotional
injury, paralysis or death, that I or my family or estate
may suffer…” “I may be found by a court of
law to have waived my or my minor participant right to
maintain a lawsuit against Flying Squirrel.” So we’re giving all
our rights away I guess. Why can’t we sue, right? We’re not suing for, like–
they’re covered for this. -[ Charlsie ] Good question. Time for a little legal advice. In Victoria, I head into see
someone who has represented injured victims at every level
of court in Canada. Hi, Darren. Hi. -[ Charlsie ]
Charlsie from Marketplace. Nice to meet you. -[ Charlsie ] We ask lawyer
Darren Williams to take a look at a typical trampoline
park waiver. “I agree, on behalf
of my child to accept and assume all risks…” Okay, that is not binding,
I’ll say that right now. This agreement purports to have
the parent say they accept the risk on behalf of the child,
they can’t do that. -[ Charlsie ] If I’m signing
this, I feel like, wow, this seems totally legally binding
and extremely intimidating. That’s part of the trick, if
you will, is to make the person signing the waiver feel like
they have no hope around the waiver. When a parent signs on behalf of
the child, they can’t contract away the child’s rights to sue
if they’re injured. -[ Charlsie ] They can’t?
-No. -[ Charlsie ] Do you think
most people understand that? People are so used to seeing
them nowadays that they just assume that
they’re effective and that essentially scares away
a large number of people from bringing rightful claims. How was school? Fine. Yeah? -[ Charlsie ] It’s not scaring
away Sylvie Gilbert and her daughter, Chelsea. With Williams as their lawyer,
they’re suing that Kelowna trampoline park, EnergyPlex. What are you hoping for? How can I
change this industry? How can I make it safer? To protect
Chelsea for her future. But also to
protect other children. To make the industry aware that,
you know, that this is– you can’t stand behind these waivers, that you need to
protect these children. -[ Charlsie ] We reach out to
all the parks about their waivers. Most don’t
address them directly. All of them do say
safety is a top priority. And some say they provide
training for their staff. Others add the use signs and
rules to warn about risks. -[ Charlsie ] The truth
about trampoline parks on your Marketplace. [ ♪♪♪ ] -[ Charlsie ] The last stop on
our cross-country safety spot check of trampoline parks… I
need you to sign the waiver. -[ Charlsie ]
EnergyPlex, in Kelowna, BC. These two boys
start double bouncing. The supervising
employee intervenes. But then this baby is allowed to
crawl across the trampoline, getting double bounced
by an older boy. This sign says, “Do not enter
the foam pit until the landing area is clear, but
we see kid after kid not wait before jumping. The employee doesn’t stop them. Almost getting
jumped on himself. It was here in this same
foam pit last year that Chelsea Garrod did a
belly flop, injuring her spine. The sign also says,
“No belly flops.” I show what happens next
to Chelsea’s mom, Sylvie. Oh, boy looks like
he’s thinking about– Oh, God. He did a bellyflop. What? Where’s the staff? That was the
platform I jumped off. -[ Charlsie ] That
one right there? Yeah. Oh, my God! Oh, my God! That’s exactly what I did. Even after it happened,
they know it happened, they didn’t tell anyone to stop. -[ Charlsie ] We ask EnergyPlex
to come on camera and explain. They say no, and add they can’t
talk about Chelsea’s case because it is before the courts. When we share the results of our
safety spot check with the parks, some tell us they’re
concerned about our findings. A few say they follow voluntary
industry guidelines, and a couple say they’d welcome
government regulation. A business providing an
activity has to provide reasonably safe premises. In the case of trampoline parks there really is no government
oversight right now, there’s a loose standard adopted partially
by the industry, but not very well followed at all or
proven to be safe. -[ Charlsie ] So until
someone is watching… Ahhh! -[ Charlsie ]
..watch out for yourself. [ ♪♪♪ ] You should see some of
the reckless drivers I see on the road. -[David] Truck safety. We’re going to put you in that
truck and Carol’s going to put you through the gears. Who passes the driving test? Whoa! David: Hard stop. Now he’s pulling
through a red light. And does anyone ever fail? [ ♪♪♪ ]

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100 thoughts on “Hidden camera investigation: Trampoline park safety (Marketplace)

  1. The more tense the fabric causes more injuries, but like isn’t that more like the ground, so it’s like saying that the ground is dangerous…

  2. I and my bestie went to a trampoline park not too long ago and I'm a trained gymnast so I was teaching her making sure she did not get hurt and we made sure that we listened to the rules and kept our feet away from loose trampoline areas
    edit-
    we also had my dad watch the whole time and told a worker that we were doing gymnastics and stunts and had extra supervision

  3. Been binge watching all your marketplace videos. I hate everything from 2015 because it was all mostly fluff, but your newer stuff is just amazing and packed full of good information.

  4. There are dangers everywhere in the world where other people are involved in the things you use. Injuries can happen anywhere and at any time.

  5. This is live, live is risk, here we have couple individual who get seriously hurt (with i wish best for them) for what milions visits ? How many kids yearly break spine for falling down stairs while running? I'm old, i was climbing on trees when i was a kid… you have agree that live is danger, if you can't deal with that, go to prison and lock yourself in 2×2 meter cell. You will be safe, until shower time but You get the point If You eliminate every possible danger then why live for first place…

  6. I lose my head over how these people from developed country could be so smart to not read the waiver.

  7. as a flipper, this made me kinda mad. Like I understand that people can get hurt from jumping on a trampoline but you can get hurt by anything so why does this exist.

  8. the Trampoline parks can NOT be held responsible for what YOUR CHILD choose to do. I went to Defy in NC, read the wavier THOROUGHLY and then sign it. I then went to JUMP, not flip and do stunts I know I have no training in executiing. It is the responsibility of the PARENT to read the wavier then the PARENT CHOOSES TO PUT THEIR CHILD IN WARMS WAY.

  9. Got my 5 year old doing frontflips into the pit on my channel. disperse the weight on landing and learn how to fall. Of course the injury rate will be higher into pits!! Kids are huckin new tricks trying to learn. don't fall like that again once you heal up XD

  10. 5:40 the girl is complaining about burning body parts, half my body is paralyzed, so who’s complaining now

  11. U should only attempt flips on your skill level, these young kids think their cool and then they hurt themselves, it's not the trampoline parks fault.

  12. Wow, wow wow. OMG, this is crazy shut them all down. God thank you for saving everyone!!!

    or

    Just let people live their lives and have fun.

  13. This is the stupidest "investigation" I've ever watched. Not sure why I watched as much as I did. But in all honesty if you want to find the bad in anything all you have to do is look for the bad.

  14. 1:52 im pretty sure my mom worked with that guy. shes a neurological nurse who works in Edmonton and this is part of the reason she hates trampoline parks

    regardless, i still go to them lol

  15. At the beginning of the video: Oh heck yeah lemme go to this. I'm gonna look it up right now.
    After they show the injuries: No thanks, I'm good.

  16. 11:00 these instructors know they are on camera while the other ones didn't. you cant tell me they are this carerful with every typical person that comes there

  17. they need a trampoline reff lol.. Like the skating rink guys that blow the whistle…. whistle "NO FLIPPING!!, NO DOUBLE JUMPING" just some roided out dude with a red face & a whistle would solve these problems..

  18. I want to go to a trampoline park in the future and after seeing this video. It has given me training abilities so I can be safe while jumping on them. Especially this learning scene right here. 10:13

  19. I go to a trampolining club and yes there are many dangers to trampolining, but if you get hurt it isn’t the staffs complete fault. They can’t look after hundreds of tiny children running around. It is also the parents and the kids choice to go to the park, so in a way it’s their fault. Also you’re not supposed to do higher level stunts into foam pits unless you’re professionally trained soooooo yeh

  20. ok any gymnasts know that belly flopping into the pit is a bad idea bc it can cause back injuries however if u do a fronttuck and stayed tucked most likely nothing will happen but most people open up to early and land on their stomachs forcing their back to take the impact of the flip so if ur reading this dont ever land on ur stomach in the foam pit unless u want a broken or sprained back

  21. A Couple Tips:
    -Always watch your kids, don’t think a whole bunch of minimum wage workers are going to care (my friend does work at one and she does care, but not all do even though some do)
    -Avoid Sky Zone and Zero Gravity
    -If possible, go to Adrenaline or Get Air
    -Flying Squirrel is decently safe
    -Be careful
    -Take Breaks for water
    -Please read the waiver like it’s your will to live, Adrenaline takes responsibility for there equipment and allow you to sue if your injury is caused by an equipment.
    – Also, follow all of the rules and watch the safety videos.
    – Listen to employees
    -If you do these things, the only way you’re going to get hurt is if it’s someone elses fault or an equipment failure.
    – If someone else breaks the rules, report them to an employee and if you’re hurt, call and wave for an employee.
    -If it’s an equitment failure and you read the wavier and the wavier states that the assume responsibility for the equipment, ask for a copy of the waver, signed by you and the manager, highlight the part that states that and arrange a meeting with corporate for a settlement, and if that doesn’t work, sue because in this case, you’re entitled to something.
    -In the case (Sky Zone/ Flying Squirrel, Etc.) they don’t hold responsibility for the equipment, you read that wavier and signed it, so you knew what you were getting into, so you’re basically going to have to get over it and pay for any expenses that come with your injury like in my case when I twisted my ankle at a Sky Zone in Lexington, Ky.

  22. Apart from all the kids not following the rules, what the hell are those adults doing in there? It is not made for them!

  23. In the uk we have acent, you have time sessions and before yours you have to watch a 5 minute safety briefing.

  24. I always wondered why they don't have onsite emergency personnel/first aid. Also anything that has a high risk factor like trampolines & swimming pools should have life guards to enforce proper use of the facilities as well as be their to provide safety and first aid if necessary. If these things where put into effect then their is only personal/parental responsiblity. You don't hear of many public pools getting sued for people drowning… you can only do so much till you have to account for personal/parental responsiblity. I don't let my youngsters play high risk activities unsupervised.

  25. This is honestly the dumbest CBC video, you can’t just live life without taking any risks. These risks should be assumed and we shouldn’t discourage kids to have fun. This kind of stuff just makes a ton of little wussy kids

  26. that would be a pretty awesome place if they introduced FIGHT CLUB NIGHT! on weekends. 😁

    two 12 year olds beatin' the crap out of each other? EPIC!!!!!!! 😉

    2:00 and why is a 17 year old at one of these things????? he musta been a retard when he started…… 🙄

  27. everything come with risk, aren't this people at least undergo safety briefing or at least acknowledge the safety related before playing this thing.

  28. everything come with risk, aren't this people at least undergo safety briefing or at least acknowledge the safety related before playing this thing.

  29. Takes kid to trampoline park, signs waiver for child to jump, child gets hurt, blames trampoline park.

  30. I personally think that the injuries are caused by both parents and trampoline parks, 2days ago I went to a trampoline park they had half the park open (we payed for the normal price and they closed the parkour and foam pit area) first, most of the visitors were kids and they we’re not watched by their parents..my brother was jumping on a trampoline and an other kid joined him that kid lost controls and kneed my 6 year old brother in his stomach…the park let’s double amount of children in that they are supposed to let in wich causes multiple kids on the trampoline and more injuries.

  31. I don't trust people or myself on a surface that's meant to move. So…. i don't go to a populated central location where the surface is not under my control at all. I mean if parents don't control their kids, don't read the wavers, and let the kids follow their lead by ignoring safety signs and their own actions, what else is expected? I don't trust a stranger to watch my ONE kid. Let alone my one kid in the midst of a million. I'LL watch my kid and teach my kid to watch himself, but unfortunately other parents don't do that. I DON'T put their safety in this situation on the business.

  32. It’s really no different than other stuff that we do in life. Just like driving a car, many deaths and accidents happen with cars

  33. "but how many of us read those waivers?"
    caveat emptor…
    hey guys, let's take more responsibility away from the parents and give it to a buncha' kids making minimum wage and drop our kids off in what can't be mistaken for anything but a potentially fatal environment and be outraged when they get hurt and sue when the kids break the rules…

  34. sign says no bellyflops.
    kid efs back up doing bellyflop.
    even if the staff was there… they can't catch her mid air.
    family sues. kid is dumb.
    totally not fair.

  35. Every park / sport / physical activity has risk of injuries….

    Start banning these places, and watch kids pick up drugs & alcohol for the alternative. Lets see the statistics on that.

  36. Stop being a wet blanket I sprained my ankle at one of those places but wouldn't even have thought regulation was the problem because it was on a trampoline.

  37. An interesting parallel to bring up, but image if the same lack of regulations were instituted in swimming pools… If the lifeguard on duty only occasionally enforced the no running, diving, and other (what many would consider common sense rules) whenever a large group of kids were in the pool. What would happen if a kid were seriously injured on a guard's watch. I know a trampoline park and a pool do not have identical safety risks, but they are similar in the amount and type of people who use both. For the most part, it is children, in large numbers, with a lack of parents nearby as the age groups increase, meaning that older children are not constantly monitored by parents. In both cases, not all the children are properly trained to jump/swim to keep themselves from being reasonably harmed. Children in large numbers also tend to egg each other on (dive into the pool, do a belly flop, let's have a breath holding contest, do flips into the foam pit, etc.) to show-off or experiment.
    There is a level of risk there, but since kids, especially ones who are not trained in the activity, don't always understand the consequences, people (such as lifeguards and trampoline employees) should be enforcing rules to prevent the major injuries. However, there is a big difference when it comes to lifeguards and trampoline employees. Lifeguards are trained extensively and understand the explicitly understands what could happen to kids if they are negligent. A trampoline employee is not legally required to have training, let alone enough training to understand the consequence of not enforcing the rules. Interestingly, this could be solved by requiring, by law, employees to better trained, which is one part of what this video brings up.
    Just a thought…

  38. if I purposely jump off a 20 foot building and break my neck, is it the buildings fault for being 20 feet tall?? The trampoline parks LITERALLY have signs put up saying “no bellyflops” etc. If a kid is gonna be a dumbass and do a bellyflop then they gotta accept the risks that comes with it. Pretty much all injuries out of trampoline parks come from people who have almost never been on a trampoline/don’t know what they are doing. It’s not the trampoline parks, it’s the people.

  39. I dont know how it is in Canda but here in Austria you can write anything into the Therms and Condition but the dont make it legal… Like everything MUST be Maintained and Company can be sued if the not following the Safety rules.

  40. Great documentary. Those places look like lots of fun so it would be a shame if they were regulated out of existence. It seems to me the main problem is they do not have enough staff to enforce their own safety regulations. You cannot eliminate all risk, but maybe there should be some sort of government regulation to ensure there is enough supervisory staff at all times.

  41. Classic example of parents passing the buck regarding their own kids' safety. They should be the ones enforcing the rules and making sure their kids aren't doing dumb ish that could potentially cause injury.

  42. The only time employees will do something is if someone gets hurt. They don't stop anyone from breaking rules. Careless employees need to be fired.

  43. Message is to not bring your little kids to the tramp park because they do not understand what they are doing and it is not fun for the bigger kids around them because it becomes annoying some times as well

  44. What's wrong with these parents. I never would trampoline even when I was younger cuz you always get hurt. That's how it always ends with someone getting hurt. That's what trampolining is just seeing how high you can go without getting hurt

  45. Notice how most cases of injuries are 16+ guys.
    Also, you as a parent should be watching your kids

    What, marketplace fearmongering, no wayyyyyy

  46. "Lets blame everyone except ourselves because that's the American way!"
    I've gotten worse injuries from reading a book…..

  47. My youngest broke his leg at the age of 4 on a trampoline while he was on there alone. We will never own a trampoline, never allow our children on a trampoline, and never go to a trampoline park they are far to dangerous

  48. There's so much to say about this… don't know where to start. I can see where the trampoline park companies should definitely be trying harder to prepare guests and watch more carefully, but the gasps and astonishment from those witnessing the people running and doing flips was immediately annoying to me. Something has to be improved, but both extremes need to be understood, not just the companies that own the parks.
    It's almost as if there's a percentage of population the went away to some perfectly soft, safe, absolutely monitored heaven-like planet where nobody can fall or get hurt, or be insulted. Then that population came back to this planet where just a few decades ago everyone knew you could get hurt doing anything physical, and though we shouldn't just ignore it especially when it's a necessity (things like farming can be extremely dangerous but those who farm have no choice sometimes)… we also were a hell of a lot more aware HOW NOT to hurt ourselves.
    We need to meet in the middle somehow, but moderation seems to be a myth these days. The sheer astonishment of those watching kids flip, run or belly flop— I would have tried ALL those things and more when I was a kid in the 70's,, and we hardly ever got hurt with NO foam, jumping off of bikes, out of trees, even the roof.
    I get it that we can't expect all kids to grow up as I did– it was a time when you logically let your kid learn the small bumps and bruises on occasion, protecting them from huge falls and fractures. As you grow, you learn balance and physics that isn't on paper or explained. People think they are doing that today, but they aren't. Not the majority anymore. Even the skateboarders I saw in the 90's didn't know how to fall– never with a tucked arm and roll, never curling their body, bringing their feet underneath them, no using hands to absorb anything. It went from seeing my friends practice stunts in the woods or yard, rarely to never getting hurt, to these raggedy punks going from the couch and video games to flopping onto concrete, limbs flailing and head bouncing off everything. Humans are not dainty aliens with push-button lives originally, so I don't think we should suddenly, change to 100% pampered lives within two or three generations. That's the direction we took though.
    All that being said, I know that isn't going to stop– we're going to keep on building weird stuff like trampoline parks and over-protecting kids– then letting kids go to the trampoline parks, clueless.
    –Take your kid to something that introduces them to action we all did at one time fro necessity for thousands of years. Things like wrestling class or related (Jiu-jitsu, Judo)… or gymnastics. Get the outdoors in the yard. Turn off the TV and computer twice a week. Get their asses outdoors and dirty somehow if possible, when YOUNG. You'll notice some kids doing the exact same actions as others that got hurt, yet not getting hurt. Sometimes it's from luck of the difference angles by millimeters, sometimes it's because that kid (or adult) has already laid down that inner knowledge, that instinct had been exercised to flex the body just enough just because they feel themselves falling. Those who are raised by Disney, flop with no idea anything can happen.
    So it seems we need to meet in the middle huh?
    The tramping parks are building those places– it's not exactly like a ski resort where they construed just a way to get to the top, and then if you don't realize your sliding down a mountain on snow wearing your own equipment to go fast…. you're a moron. Your injuries should be your fault. 
    The trampoline park are totally created by people, so they need to step it WAAAAY up with introduction and supervision. 
    –Have a "bunny tramp", or safe section of trampolines, roped off for each new set of customers. You send your manager or higher level staff to introduce what not to do on the "intro-trampolines". Takes 15 minutes or less.
    –Put some money into one or two extra staff members. Seems like it was easy to spot those "atrocities", so even one or two extras would be plenty. They don't interact with the guests, and with polite but firm rules? Fire them.
    -Change the construction of those "from pits". The one where the girl got hurt doing a belly flop – how is that possible? I would want to do flips and belly flops all the time if I was there. We did them into hay mounds and didn't get hurt!! Make those foam pits bigger and invent some new way to make it absorb impact better. Kids are simply not growing up the way I did, and the parents are not going to go back and learn that. Most people have lost a lot of natural logic and instinct for movement these days. That's not an insult, that's an observation and it's true.
    That being said, I don't understand how they can make a foam pit that paralyzed and killed somebody!! There is definitely something wrong there. HOW? Point goes to the families.
    –Change the pads between the trampolines to be much fluffier, with wording saying "caution" etc… to help people learn the obvious. Don't land on them with your back, head, etc…
    –If you don't have the space and/or money to build a large enough foam pit with constant supervision, with enough room for everything else to be much more cushioned where there isn't trampoline…. don't start the business.

  49. I've been to a few trampoline parks and as both a theatre kid and as someone who used to do dance. the stunts some places show you on the videos shown before you go in are hella dangerous and I went with my brother and some of my friends and I have an old leg injury (compression fracture/like some kind of protruding fracture part of my knee is now not bone I also sprained my ankle in a similar place but that was my own fault) and I went to this park when I was doing a certain musical and we were doing some stunts on the trampoline so we could learn them with less chance of injury and one of our cast who is a black belt or the equivalent in 2 marshal arts, did dance, drama and such. She did a flip and the employees who were meant to stop other kids there from running into the area we had booked just weren't doing their job and the person in our cast managed to not land on a 4 year old girl who wondered onto the trampoline. Nothing was done about it we then used another park afterwards.

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