Thousands of kids hurt every year on amusement park rides - what about local parks?

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Tampa, Florida -- A first-of-its-kind study finds that amusement ride injuries send kids to the emergency room at the rate of about one every other hour.

So what does this mean when it comes to your family's safety? We dug through the numbers.

It's not huge rides like Busch Gardens' SheiKra or Islands of Adventure's Hulk, but little ones like race cars and rocket ships at malls and arcades that caused an alarming share of injuries to kids.

study from Nationwide Children's Hospital in Ohio found one out of every six kids hurt on an amusement ride got injured on a small ride, like mechanical horses or trains.

That's a really high number, considering the limited number of people who ride them each day.

Some good news: Of all the 93,000 injuries the study found over 20 years, fewer than one in 50 was serious enough to force a hospital stay.

Around a third of all kids' injuries came at theme parks. How did our local ones do?

We looked at numbers from a different group, the Amusement Safety Organization:

Busch Gardens Tampa had 17 "significant" injuries -- from people of all ages -- last year. That's out of more than four million who came through the gates.

Universal Studios Orlando had 19 last year. Its sister park, Islands of Adventure, had 30.

No stats were available for Disney's Hollywood Studios. Disney's Animal Kingdom had 24 people hurt. Epcot had 10. And Magic Kingdom, the world's busiest theme park, had 8.

The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions says its data show your odds of getting hurt on a permanently located amusement park ride are one in 24 million.

For a breakdown of which individual rides had injuries and information about other theme parks, follow this link to the Amusement Safety Organization website.

Grayson Kamm, 10 News

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