Trampoline Trouble: The Hunter's Bad Bounce With Injuries

Hundreds are injuring themselves

Trampoline Trouble: The Hunter's Bad Bounce With Injuries

Paramedics are being called out to a huge number of incidents in the Hunter involving trampolines.

According to the NSW Ambulance Service, the Hunter New England area recorded 322 trampolining injuries between 2014 and 2016, the second highest number in the state.

In one case, a 13 year old boy broke his wrist and collarbone after using a trampoline to launch his dirt bike.

Another 13 year old boy broke his leg in two places at a birthday party at Cardiff.

And proving it's not just kids who get injured, a 44 year old woman cut her shin to the bone after jumping off a trampoline and hitting a wall at Kotara.

Paramedics say with the majority of patients being young children, it is imperative they are supervised to ensure their safety.

“In addition, no more than one person should be allowed on the trampoline at a time. 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,” Inspector Norm Rees said.

“Don’t put a trampoline near a fence or other structure, or use it as a springboard into a pool or elsewhere. Use it for what it’s intended,” he said.

“Handstands and cartwheels should be avoided, also tricks beyond a person’s ability or skill set. We’ve treated plenty of patients whose knees have connected with their heads, knocking out their teeth or breaking their noses.

“Activities such as ‘double bouncing’ (one person bouncing another) and ‘cracking the egg’ (one person curls in a ball while another jumps around them until they ‘open’) are also ill-advised.”

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