Good Practice for Child Injury Prevention

Thursday, 15 February 2018: Following a University of Sydney study on the rise of serious injuries linked to the use of indoor trampoline parks, Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) has emphasised the need for safe practices and the development of a new Australian Standard governing the design and operation of indoor trampoline parks.

The injury surveillance figures released today showed nearly 500 children presented to hospital emergency departments across three Australian states between 2012-2017 due to injuries sustained at indoor trampoline parks.

The report comes after a string of spinal injuries, public outcry, and legal actions, which have prompted injury experts to call for a mandatory Australian standard to prevent such devastating injuries.

A 2016 study between NeuRA Senior Research Scientist, Associate Professor Julie Brown, and Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick found that over a six-month period, 40 children reported to the paediatric emergency department at Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick as a result of indoor trampoline use.

“Trampoline parks are emerging as a new source of injury to Australian children and NeuRA partnered with NSW Health and KidSafe to support and advocate for the development of a new Australian Standard governing the design and management of these systems,” said A/Prof Brown.

The most common injuries reported in the study were soft tissue injuries or sprains (55%), and fractured bones (37.5%).

“It is really important that children take part in fun activities like those provided by indoor trampoline parks, but it is also important for families to supervise their children within these centres and ensure children abide by the centre rules,” said A/Prof Brown.

“Many children are injured when there are multiple bouncers on the same trampoline, and most centres ask people not to do this.

“Our goal is to make environments as safe as possible for children so they can participate in fun and healthy activities with minimal risk of injury.”