Injuries from zip line accidents have soared along with the popularity of an activity that hurtles riders through the air, sometimes at dizzying heights above ground, a study of U.S. emergency room data shows.

Over 16 years, nearly 17,000 people were treated for zip line related injuries including broken bones, cuts and sprains, most occurred in the last four years.

Most injuries occurred at commercial courses, camps and other non residential places.


SAFETY TIPS:  Check the Better Business Bureau and online reviews to find a reputable operator.

Ask operators if they follow any industry safety standards and avoid those that don't.

Always wear safety equipment provided including body harnesses, helmets and gloves.