Researchers at The Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children's Hospital, who did the study, say most of the injuries involved children and nearly half (45 percent) were under the age of 10. The most common types of injuries included broken bones, bruises, strains and sprains, concussions and closed head injuries. Eleven percent of people who were injured had to be hospitalized.
"The high rate of hospitalization is consistent with what we see for adventure sports and reflects the severity of the injuries associated with this activity," according to Tracy Mehan, MA, manager of translational research for the Center for Injury Research and Policy at the Research Institute at Nationwide Children's and one of study's authors.
The research highlights the increasing safety risks associated with zip-lining. While the sport itself hasn’t changed significantly, the number of facilities offering this popular form of recreation has. The number of commercial zip-lines rose from 10 in 2001 to more than 200 in 2012 with an additional 13,000 amateur zip-lines in outdoor educational programs, camps, and backyards, according to data from the Nationwide Children's Hospital.
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Depending on the circumstances in which the zip-line injury happens, for example, in an amusement park, legal responsibility for harm done to visitors could rest on the amusement park owner, the ride designer or manufacturer, the ride operator or a ride or a concession stand owner.