Trampoline Park Safety Concerns
(this article was written for Acrobat Trampolines, and is reprinted with permission.)
The BBC has released a report saying that injuries at trampoline parks are more serious than those sustained when using a trampoline at home, leading many people to ask, “are trampoline parks safe”?
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The data comes from Sheffield’s Children’s Hospital, where nearly 200 patients were treated for trampoline injuries in six months. While only 70 of the injuries were sustained at trampoline parks, the percentage suffering from fractures was actually higher, at 44 percent compared to 36 percent on home trampolines.
Personally, I’d want to see a much larger study done before I’d agree that there was a statistically significant difference between the percentage of fractures sustained at parks compared to homes.
However, if we assume, for now, that parks are no safer than home trampolines, I’d want to know why that was the case. With all the trampoline padding, and instructional messages beforehand, you’d assume parks were safer. Is it possible that people think they’re safer at a trampoline park, so act more recklessly? Perhaps it’s a problem with more than one person being on a trampoline at the same time, which make it very easy to lose your balance.
With the number of trampoline parks growing, up from three in 2014 to about 200 today, the need to keep a close eye on safety is obvious. Apparently ambulances were called to nearly 1,200 incidents in English trampoline parks in 2017, more than three per day.
It’s suspected that some trampoline parks are not operating effective safety procedures. If so, it should be fairly easy to keep track of parks with above average incidents of injuries and ensure they adopt appropriate safety protocols. One organisation helping to enforce safety standards is the International Association Of Trampoline Parks. From August 2018, all IATP UK Park Members will be required to hold an inaugural certificate of compliance to the Publicly Available Standard 5000:2017. The IATP say…
This document sets out the minimum standards for the design, construction, and operation of trampoline parks. The PAS was sponsored by the IATP and written by a working group that included RoSPA, British Gymnastics, The Health and Safety Executive, Environmental Health Officers, Constructors, Insurers, and Operators