Water themed parks can be a source of amusement. Between the wave pools
and cotton candy both children and adults can be entertained at water
parks. Trips to water parks can be a time for family and friends to create
pleasant memories and take a much needed break away from the stress of
school and work. Although water parks can be a place of enjoyment, they
can also quickly become a dangerous environment. High velocity slides
can cause collisions with others. The impact of landing in the pool can
also be the cause on injuries. Lacerations from protruding objects, dislocations
from bad landings, and water inhalation are also possible injuries one
can sustain while at a water park. Knowing common water park injuries
may encourage you to practice caution.
1. Water inhalation/drownings
The presence of water introduces the possibility of accidental drownings.
Even with lifeguards stationed at different locations accidental drownings
still occur. During the spring and summer water parks are full to the
brim with groups of people. Large crowds make it difficult for lifeguards
to spot someone in need of attention. Another contributor of accidental
drownings are patrons oblivious to the depth or force of wave pools and
other rides. The sheer velocity of some slides is enough to disorient
even the best of some swimmers. When coming down a slide and landing into
a pool of water it is very easy to lose your bearings. Being swept under
a wave of water can overwhelm in seasoned swimmers.
2. Sprains or fractures
Sprains and fractures are another common water park injury. Slippery surfaces can causeslip and fall accidents. Landing wrong may lead to a bone fracture or sprained ankle.
When sliding into a pool you may accidentally collide with someone. Collisions
with other park patrons are unpredictable in terms of injury. It is possible
that your collision may lead to a dislocated shoulder. It is also possible
that your collision may result in a fractured ankle. Sprains and fractures
can also occur on slower paced rides, like lazy rivers.
Sometimes injuries are more serious than a simple face laceration or ankle
sprain. The force and speed of some rides alone can be enough to cause
severe damage to the brain. Sudden stops or sharp movements during a ride
can cause our bodies to involuntarily jerk. These sudden movements can
cause or heads to slam against our seats. Sudden and forceful head movements
can lead to contusions or concussions. The nature of
brain injuries can be very unpredictable. Sometimes in the way that they occur and also
in the way that our brains are effected afterwards.