New warning compares trampolines to getting hit with a hammer

Trampoline injuries were a childhood rite of passage, but now experts have a warning about the risks of trampoline parks.

Children in the UK are refusing to jump at Total Adrenaline trampoline park after watching this safety video.Trampolines are a staple of most Aussie childhoods, and trampoline related injuries are also something of a right of passage.

Before the days of netting and safety gear it was common to end up with bumps, bruises and broken arms due to an over exuberant trampoline session.

Now, a US based engineer Pete Pidcoe has issued a warning about the dangers of trampoline parks , saying the multiple jumping surfaces causes an unpredictable transfer of energy and puts kids at risk of injury.“We found there is energy transferred between trampoline beds. It’s really one big trampoline,” Pete told CBS News.

He also discusses the physics of the ever changing surface of the trampolines.

Little boy jumping on trampoline

Parents beware

Pete also highlighted the risks of bouncing with our kids, saying that parents can transfer an enormous amount of energy into their kids whilst jumping together.

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He shared a video of a father jumping with his son, when he jumps onto the trampoline his force is transferred through the trampoline into the young boys leg, resulting in a broken femur.

“What we notice is the father transferring into the son 400 pounds (180 kilograms) of force,” he said. “It’s like getting hit with a hammer.”

Other professionals echoed the warning

In 2017, Dr Christopher Mulligan, Orthopaedic Surgery Registrar from Sydney Children's Hospital in Randwick shared his own warning about trampoline parks with Kidspot. Saying there has been a rise in hospital admissions relating to trampoline accidents, and that is mainly thanks to the growing popularity of the centres in Australia.
"In 2014, with the opening of a trampoline park in the local area, we observed a spike in the numbers of children presenting to the Emergency department of Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick with injuries from trampolining," Dr Mulligan said."We subsequently conducted a study, which has been published in the journal Injury Prevention, which details the different types of injuries that we observed. The majority of injuries were sprains or soft tissue injuries, but we also treated a small number of more serious injuries including bone fractures and even spinal injuries, some of which required surgery."

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