The number of Australian children sustaining serious injuries at indoor trampoline parks has increased as the activity grows in popularity, a new report has shown.

Researchers analysed a range of injury surveillance databases and found nearly 500 children presented to hospital emergency departments across three Australian states from 2012 to 2017 due to injuries suffered at indoor trampoline parks.

Here are some tips to avoid those nasty injuries!

  • Trampolining isn’t suitable for children under the age of six because they’re not sufficiently physically developed to control their bouncing.
  • Trampolining injuries can occur to all parts of the body, including the neck, arms, legs face and head. Head and neck injuries are the most serious injuries associated with trampolines. The most common injuries are caused by awkward landings and include sprains or fractures to the wrist, forearm, elbow and collarbone.
  • Adult supervision is no guarantee of safety. More than half of all trampoline accidents occur whilst under supervision. However a trained ‘spotter’ can greatly reduce this risk.
  • Injury experts have warned that unless a mandatory Australian standard governs the safety of indoor trampolining, children will continue to be at increased risk of “catastrophic” spinal injuries and lifelong disability.
  • Never combine alcohol with trampolining! Children have been hurt while bouncing with adults who have been drinking at summer garden parties.
  • Whatever your ability level, join a local trampolining club to learn new trampolining skills, ranging from the basics of landing safely to advanced moves such as somersaults.

Trampolining is great fun, just make sure you take care and follow all the safety guidelines next time your kids go for a bounce!

Hot Response First Aid Training provides this information for guidance and it is not in any way a substitute for medical advice. Hot Response First Aid Training is not responsible or liable for any diagnosis made, or actions taken based on this information.