Trampolines Injure 2000 Australian Kids A Year

We've warned you before: trampolines are unsafe, especially for kids. That's confirmed by a survey released by consumer watchdog the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), which suggests 40 per cent of parents know a child who has suffered a trampoline injury.

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The ACCC says that 2000 trampoline-related injuries are reported each year. We've covered rules to ensure safe trampoline use; the ACCC places particular emphasis on not letting more than one child use the trampoline at once.

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    That sounds like a lot.. Until you consider how many kids there are and how many total injuries per year.

    you know what's unsafe for society? Locking kids in bubbles to keep them safe.. Next minute you'll say don't buy your kids a bike because x number die every year, don't let them run around in the bush because x kids fall and break something..

    statistically. Speaking this article is irrelevant, and for parents it seems obvious that a device designed to fling kids into the air poses some risks..

      I'd be interested to find out what you mean by "statistically speaking".

      I was surprised to learn that injuries are the single largest cause of mortality in children in Australia. When you think about it though, it makes sense: kids are highly unlikely to catch illnesses associated with death in a first world country, and even with poor diet and lifestyle are unlikely to see any real effect on their health until adulthood.

      It's easy to make the "I jumped on a trampoline as a kid, and it didn't kill me" argument. But people make the same argument for smoking. I'm not condoning being over protective of children, but you do need to be aware of what dangers exist.

        It's easy to make the "I jumped on a trampoline as a kid, and it didn't kill me" argument

        That is not at all by any means my argument. Though this sample is somewhat out of date, it serves my example perfectly adequately;

        As an example lets consider the following dataset (bare with my very fast and dirty math):
        http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/[email protected]/mf/3235.0.55.001

        The estimated resident population of Australia at 30 June 2005 was 20,328,600,

        In 2005, children aged 0 to 14 years comprised 19.6% of Australia's population. The total number of children has declined marginally from 3,978,800 children in 2004 to 3,978,200 in 2005.

        If we were to extrapolate that 19.6% to todays population of 22,620,600, we would get 4,297,914 children aged 0-15. At a rate of 2000 injuries per year, we're talking 0.0004% of the population of children injured.. Which is not a percentage ever to be considered statistically relevant/significant (Further reading: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Statistical_significance).

        Some other interesting facts on childhood injury and mortality during this timeframe:
        http://www.gtp.com.au/kidsafesa/inewsfiles/4986%2012%20facts%20about%20child%20injury%20FS%20V2proof.pdf

        You'll note, while some of the top causes may be caused by 'playing', they're generally speaking not specifically anything to do with that. Interestingly though you're correct, childhood accidents ARE the major cause.. But we should focus on real threats, not on removing fun things from kids lives in some vain attempt to spare them any of this worlds hardships.

        I believe this to be true personally even when people die as a result. The absolute statistically irrelevant minority should not affect the behavior of the majority under any circumstances.

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        I don't often agree with Michael, but he's right about this. Life is bumpy generally and there's an argument out there that a few bumps and scrapes is actually a good thing. That's not to say that a poorly manufactured device that contributes to injury should be exempt from blame, but rather that life generally is risky and one should not be afraid of experiencing it for fear of injury. Trampolines are enormous fun, but there is an element of danger given the nature of the activity - but there is no way that children should be forbidden from using them. Often injuries occur from overly risky or stupid behaviour. Kids will always do that sort of thing, but a little parental guidance regarding risk and consequences can minimise that. A kid should be allowed to come off the bike without the lawyers being called. It's not the end of the world if a kid suffers a minor injury, or even a quick visit to the hospital injury. It might even help them to develop a better action-consequence process that would be useful for later in life.

    What do they mean by injured? A broken arm from falling off or a jarred ankle from jumping off and expecting the ground to "bounce" you up again?
    The first is important. The second is minor and something everyone does from time to time.

    100% Agree. I grew up in the country and jumping on a trampoline would have been one of the "safe" things I did as a kid. Driving my own car on the farm at 7. Towing mates around the paddocks on the bonnet of the car tied behind the car. Shooting. Blowing up rabbit warrens with home made explosives. Underground cubbies. tisshhh. Trampolines are safe enough

      Blowing up rabbit warrens with home made explosives

      Where did you grow up? Serial Killer U?

        He grew up in an Australia that is long gone...

      Sounds like you had a fantastic childhood ('exept for blowing up rabbits with explosives. Bit worrying that). I did pretty much all those other things. Them was the days....No OHS crap back then

    "Each leap brings us closer to god. Catch me lord! Catch me!"
    *SLAM*
    "What did we do to make god angry?"
    "You did it!"

    And how many kids get injured playing in the back yard total? Any kind of fun outdoor games and activity are going to result in injury.

    When I was little I threw one of those hopper balls (like http://imgur.com/2v6um1z) at my brother who was jumping on the trampoline. It collected him mid air and sent him flying to the ground.

    Does that count as a ball injury or a trampoline injury. (technically it's none because he was fine...)

    Wow, if this is how many kids get injured on the newfangled trampolines they sell today, just imagine how many kids got hurt in the '80s and earlier, when it was perfectly acceptable to have a trampoline mat secured by a few rusty springs, atop wobbly, uneven legs that lifted off the ground when you and your brother jumped out of sync at the same time. It was also fine to soap that bad boy up with detergent and the hose, turning it into a deathtrap slip-and-slide. For my seventh birthday I received a pair of chunky rollerskates weighing approximately three kilograms each, which I wore while jumping on the trampoline. Amazingly, I came away from that with merely a cut lip.
    If the kids of today can hurt themselves jumping on a spring-free trampoline with two-metre-high nets, I think they might be doing something wrong...

      The nets might be the problem. It may offer a false sense of safety. At a kids bday party a couple of months ago I saw two kids aged 10 and 12 tackle each other onto the net and go straight through it. They both seemed to land on their uper back and neck area. Thankfully they both got up only a little sore. It could have been a disaster.

      I remember playing footy on the tramp, and getting smashed. But you knew the limits and watched out for each other.

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