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  • After his accident, Dominic was left bedbound for months.

    "He became used to urinating in a cup for almost 2 months, sponge baths by his mother every other day," Moreno wrote. "The most movement he could endure was when someone would hold his leg, not over six inches, so we could change his sheets." The young boy was forced to finish out his third-grade year in the hospital with tutors and had to suffer through "the countless nights of crying in pain and feeling helpless."

    But through all of her son's suffering, Moreno says the most shocking revelation was when a doctor told her that trampoline parks are a "leading [cause of] injury to children." In 2008, the American Academy of Pediatrics actually released a statement saying that trampolines of all types are unsafe for children at any age, due to the serious risk of "cuts, sprains, broken bones, and even spinal injuries." It recommends kids only use trampolines in supervised training environments, like gymnastics or diving classes.

    A study published in the American Academy of Pediatrics Journal found that between 2010 and 2014, the number of trampoline park injuries increased from 581 to 6,932, and between 2002 and 2011, there were more than one million emergency room visits due to trampoline injuries. The most common trampoline injuries are fractures, and about half of all injuries reported occurred in kids under 6. A number of injuries are also attributed to allowing more than one child to jump on a trampoline at a time because, as one study notes, when one kid lands right after another person bounces, there is "significant upward impaction force applied to the descending child's legs." In other words, the impact on the landing kid's legs is greater, to a point where it can actually cause major injuries.

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  • Many parents who read Cortney Moreno's post had horror stories of their own.

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  • One mom said a friend of hers was actually paralyzed at a trampoline park.

    Cortney Moreno Facebook comment
  • There were also plenty of stories of kids who walked away with broken tibias and growth plates just like Dominic.

    Cortney Moreno Facebook comment
  • Some were even forced to suffer through broken jaws.

    Cortney Moreno Facebook comment

    One thing all of these parents had in common was that they had no idea trampoline parks were so dangerous. 

  • A little over a year later, Dominic is finally doing much better.

    After months of physical therapy for Dominic and his having to relearn how to walk, Cortney Moreno says that there are still many ups and downs. Her son's injury was something no parent or child should have to go through, but she says she's glad something good came out of it -- the ability to spread awareness. "Please, know the dangers of these trampoline parks," she said in a Facebook post last weekend.  "I can't imagine another child having to go through what he has."

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