Trampoline injury jump

Story appeared in: Review | March 20th, 2017

BOUNCING about on them can be plenty of fun for both children and adults, however paramedics are urging caution after attending to almost 1,800 trampoline related injuries over three years.
Broken bones, cuts, spinal and head injuries were among the incidents reported at Auburn, Lidcombe, Silverwater, South Granville, and Guildford between 2014 to 2016.
While children accounted for the most incidents, plenty of adults were also hurt, among them a 38-year-old man at Lidcombe who suffered a knee injury while jumping on a trampoline in September last year.
NSW Ambulance District Inspector Norm Rees said the two key tips were to supervise children on trampolines at all times, and for older people to assess their ability before climbing aboard.
He also said trampolines should not be put near a fence or other structure, or be used as a springboard into a pool or elsewhere.
"In addition, no more than one person should be allowed on the trampoline at a time," he said.
"Many children were injured while jumping with others - the more children on board, the more likely one will fall on to another, or land awkwardly and injure themselves."
"We've treated plenty of patients whose knees have connected with their heads, knocking out their teeth or breaking their noses.
"Also, ensure the trampoline mat is in good order. Quite often the trampoline sits out in the sun and rain and the stitching eventually weathers and gives way."
Insp Rees said that in the event of head or spinal injuries and fractures, patients should not be moved.
"Simply make them comfortable and call Triple Zero (000) and wait for paramedics to arrive," he said.
"With any serious cuts, apply firm, direct pressure and wait for paramedics to arrive."

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Publication: Review | Section: News | Author: Kim Palmer | Story ID: 126200 | Viewcount: 190