A new study, published in the May issue of Clinical Pediatrics, is claiming that over 4,400 children suffer injuries on amusement park rides each year. Since 70 percent of these injuries occur in the months of May through September, that means approximately one child is injured every two hours in some kind of amusement ride incident.
Researchers tracked 20 years of reports coming from over 100 hospitals nationwide, which made this study on amusement park ride injuries the most comprehensive to date. The study not only covered amusement parks, but also looked at fairs, carnivals and coin operated rides at malls, stores and arcades.
While a majority of the injuries were minor (bumps and bruises), nearly 1.5 percent of the children injured required hospitalization. The most injuries reported were caused by falls – with children falling on, in, off or against rides. It seemed to make little difference whether the ride was at a large amusement park or a smaller venue, as the injury rates were fairly evenly divided between the two.
The lead researcher of the study, which was conducted at the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, said that the United States needs an improved system for monitoring amusement ride-related injuries.
“There are opportunities to improve the safety of amusement rides for children, especially to prevent injuries from falls,” he stated.
The study’s authors contend that increased oversight, education and tracking of amusement park rides is necessary. While not disagreeing with that contention, the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) did emphasize that relatively few of the 300 million people who visit U.S. theme parks each year suffer injuries.
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