Trampoline parks: Regulation calls after injuries increase

Trampoline parks: Regulation calls after injuries increase
From BBC - March 5, 2018

Children are suffering worse injuries at public trampoline parks than when using trampolines in private gardens, a hospital audit has found.

In 2017, ambulances were called out to 1,181 incidents at trampoline parks across England - more than three a day.

Sheffield Children's Hospital said its own audit found children hurt at parks required "more treatment" than those injured on home equipment.

An industry body said it would "not be averse" to regulation of the sector.

There are no safety regulations specifically aimed at trampoline parks, but a voluntary standard was published in 2017.

The number of parks in the UK has grown from three in 2014 to about 200, with the International Association of Trampoline Parks (IATP) estimating the number of users at 15 million a year.

It said the number of injuries sustained was comparatively small.

Over six months, Sheffield Children's Hospital counted 198 patients with trampoline injuries: 130 using private equipment and 68 from indoor parks.

It found 44% of those treated for injuries sustained at parks had suffered fractures, compared to 36% for home trampolines.

The most common category for all trampoline injuries was bad landings at 63%.


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