New statistics have revealed that more than 200 children in Glasgow were treated for injuries sustained on trampolines at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children (RHSC) last year. Greater Glasgow and Clyde NHS has joined forces with RoSPA and local B&Q stores to offer parents and children safety guidance when using a trampoline at home.
On the May 12, 2011, an advice and information campaign was launched from the RHSC supported by RoSPA, B&Q and families of children who are currently recovering from trampoline-related injuries.
The safety information, in the form of a poster, is being distributed across the Greater Glasgow and Clyde area and will reach schools, pre-five centres, GP surgeries, health centres and hospitals. Local B&Q stores have also agreed to provide safety information to customers buying a trampoline. The advice has been developed with parents and carers, taking into account their own experiences and in some cases their own children’s injuries.
Dr Neil Wilson is a consultant orthopaedic surgeon at the RHSC and has seen the number of children attending the hospital with trampoline injuries rise as more and more families buy them for their children. He said: “Trampoline injuries can often be extremely significant. We see broken arms, broken legs, strains, bumps and bruises. Last year approximately 42 per cent of children injured using play equipment were as a result of trampoline injuries at home.
“I think it is important that when allowing children to play on a trampoline they follow a few simple rules which will go a long way to preventing injuries. This safety guide covers a range of safety tips and simple rules that, if followed, will allow children hours of safe fun on their trampoline.”
Trampolines have the added bonus of being a good form of healthy exercise as well as being great fun. The current boom in trampolining is almost certain to lead to an increase in accidents, but that does not mean that parents should not buy trampolines for their children. There is bound to be the odd bump and bruise, and those types of minor injuries are all part of growing up and learning about risk.
However, serious injuries can be avoided and trampolining can be enjoyed safely if a few simple guidelines are followed:
Buy safety pads or ensure that the model comes with safety pads that completely cover the springs, hooks and frame. Consider models that have safety netting as part of the design or purchase a safety cage when you buy the trampoline. This will reduce the chance of your child falling off the trampoline and striking the ground
Trampolines should be placed in an area that is clear from hazards such as trees, fences, washing lines, poles or other equipment
Place the trampoline on soft, energy-absorbing ground, e.g. soft and springy lawn or bark wood chippings, sand or cushioning materials
Never allow more than one person on the trampoline at the same time
Adults should supervise at all times when the trampoline is in use
Don't attempt somersaults or complicated moves on trampolines at home.
The campaign poster can be downloaded from this website.
For more information, read our Garden Trampoline Safety Advice