Zip Line Popularity Soars Along with Injuries, Study Finds

No injuries have been reported at the zip line at Gulf State Park in Gulf Shores.
No injuries have been reported at the zip line at Gulf State Park in Gulf Shores.

Update: Gulf Shores Fire department has had ZERO reports of injuries at the zip line at Gulf State Park.

CHICAGO (AP) – A new study says zip line injuries are soaring, as the activity grows in popularity.

Researchers say over a 16-year period, from 1997-2012, nearly 17,000 people were treated for zip line-related injuries including broken bones, cuts and sprains. And most of those injuries happened in the last four years of the study

The study published in Monday’s American Journal of Emergency Medicine is the first national look at zip line injuries. Researchers analyzed a national injury database operated by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Their study says most injuries happened at commercial courses, camps and other non-residential places. And about 30 percent were from zip lines in backyards or farms. Injuries were most common in children and teens.

Researchers say a uniform set of safety standards and effective oversight is needed. But industry representatives say the study is alarmist and that zip lines are safer than driving a car.

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