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Trampolining’s popularity leads to bounce in injury levels

Child injury rates are rising as trampoline parks gain popularity

Increasing use of indoor trampoline parks means more children are sustaining injuries.

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Research reported in the journal Injury Prevention found that in one Australian trauma centre alone, 40 children needed medical treatment in six months.

Improvements to trampoline design and revised safety standards are needed to counter the rising injury toll, researchers say.

Injuries sustained at indoor centres are now an ‘emerging public health concern’, says the study.

Researchers reviewed medical records of under 17s seeking treatment at an emergency department between July 2014 and January 2015.

Of the 40 injured, 55% were girls. The average age was 10, but the youngest was one.

Most injuries were caused by failed landings, but in eight cases the injury was the result of several using the trampoline at the same time. Of the injured, 12.5% required surgery and hospital admission.

Past public health and safety initiatives have largely focused on domestic home trampolines, rather those at centres. Lead author Dr Christopher Mulligan said his team would ‘work towards the adoption of a new uniform national standard for commercial trampoline parks’.

 

Mulligan CS et al (2016) Paediatric injury from indoor trampoline centres. Injury Prevention. doi: 10.1136/injuryprev-2016-042071

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