JENKINS TOWNSHIP -- Ambulance crews tell us up to four times a month they are called to Sky Zone, a trampoline park in Jenkins Township, near Pittston, for folks who injure themselves bouncing on trampolines.
Customers sign waivers to assume risk, but the injuries still concern medical personnel.
Little Savannah Roberts remembers two things about her recent trip to Sky Zone.
"We were jumping everywhere. My brother tipped me over,” Roberts said.
She wasn't hurt, but members of the Greater Pittston Regional Ambulance Association tell Newswatch 16 they respond up to four calls a month to Sky Zone for injuries that include sprains, fractures, and dislocations.
"I mean any injury is serious. The dislocated knee is obviously more serious than a sprain and so is a fracture,” said Capt. Bob Kane of the Greater Pittston Regional Ambulance Association.
Kane said his crew has had to rush patients with dislocations from Sky Zone to the emergency room. It's an injury that can be so serious, he says, it could take six to eight weeks to heal -- and avoiding an injury like that can be difficult.
“There's sort of no way to really prevent it,” Kane said. “You're on a trampoline bouncing. It's not like you're doing a sport where you'd wear protective equipment.”
Sky Zone does require bouncers to sign a waiver that says Sky Zone is not liable for any injuries. But Dr. Ronald Strony of Geisinger Northeast says not everyone should be bouncing on a trampoline.
“For someone who may not be on a trampoline all the time, especially adults, getting on there and trying to do stuff and then flying off, it doesn't always make for good endings,” said Dr. Strony.
Channing Roberts hasn't jumped in Sky Zone herself, but she says she'll continue to allow her little one, Savannah to bounce around there.
“It's a little concerning,” said Roberts. “I just feel like your kids can get hurt no matter what they're doing."
Sky Zone sent Newswatch 16 the following statements:
“At Sky Zone, awesome healthy fun is our first priority and our safety rules are in line with industry standards, which we helped to create through ASTM. At Sky Zone, all activities are supervised by our trained court monitors. Our safety rules are displayed on our website, in park on signage and through video displayed throughout the park and we require all guests to follow these rules with no exceptions.” – Jeff Platt, Chairman of International Association of Trampoline Parks and CEO of Sky Zone.
“Sky Zone Scranton takes every possible measure to make sure our guests keep it safe. Our dedicated court monitors oversee all of our guests while on the trampolines to enforce the rules and ensure their safety. We conduct weekly maintenance inspections of the equipment and use various information systems to explain the rules and risks associated with the trampolines.”
Jeff Bowne, Owner of Sky Zone Scranton.