Injury survey of a non-traditional 'soft-edged' trampoline designed to lower equipment hazards

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Taylor & Francis
Publication Type:
Journal Article
Citation:
International Journal of Injury Control and Safety Journal, 2012, 20 (1), pp. 42 - 49
Issue Date:
2012-01
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In Australia trampolines contribute one quarter of all childhood play equipment injuries. The objective of this study was to gather and evaluate injury data from a non-traditional, 'soft-edged', consumer trampoline, where the design aimed to minimise injuries from the equipment and from falling off. The manufacturer of the non-traditional trampoline provided the University of Technology Sydney with their Australian customer database. The study involved surveys in Queensland and New South Wales, between May 2007 and March 2010. Initially injury data was gathered by a phone interview pilot study, then in the full study, through an email survey. The 3817 respondents were the carers of child users of the 'soft-edge' trampolines. Responses were compared with Australian and US emergency department data. In both countries the proportion of injuries caused by the equipment and falling off was compared with the proportion caused by the jumpers to themselves or each other. The comparisons showed a significantly lower proportion resulted from falling-off or hitting the equipment for this design when compared to traditional trampolines, both in Australia and the US. This research concludes that equipment-induced and falling off injuries, the more severe injuries on traditional trampolines, can be significantly reduced with appropriate trampoline design.
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