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Trampolines have sprung up to be the leading cause of injuries for children in the past week alone.

NSW Ambulance figures show that paramedics have responded to 12 trampoline-related triple-zero calls across the state since the school break started last Saturday, more than vehicle and bike-related injuries combined.

Patients aged two to 18 have been hurt on trampolines, jumping castles and beds with injuries ranging from a hurt knee to compound leg fractures, dislocated elbows and broken arms.

Separate figures released in March revealed the state ambulance service responded to almost 1800 trampoline-related injuries between 2014 and 2016. Nearly 900 were children aged under 10.

NSW Ambulance Inspector John Brotherhood on Thursday said parents should be vigilant when their children played on trampolines.

“Many children are injured while jumping with others – the more children on board, the more likely one will fall on another,” he said in a statement.

“Also, don’t put a trampoline near a fence or other structure or use it as a springboard into a pool.”

Queensland Ambulance Service revealed in the past it had been called 66 times to the Air Factory Trampoline Park on the Gold Coast in just over a year.

Last year, 74 children were admitted to the RCH in Melbourne with trampoline injuries.

Just two days after Christmas, Kaylah Exard, 4, was playing with her sisters on their new enclosed trampoline, when she fell — most likely when turning around to zip up the net door — and landed head first on the concrete.

The damage under the skull was so great, the neurosurgeon assumed the unresponsive girl on the operating table before her had been catapulted from a car during a high-speed crash. Read more on this story here.

Paediatrician Anthea Rhodes says trampolines can be fun and safe when used properly.

“But allowing multiple children on a trampoline has been compared to cage fighting by our trauma service at the Royal Children’s Hospital,” she said in a statement via news.com.au.

Kidsafe recommends
•The area around and underneath the trampoline should be clear from obstacles such as concrete, bikes, tools, rocks, overhanging trees, electrical wires, walls or other structures.
•Never use the trampoline on concrete or pavers because the user could be severely injured from landing heavily on a hard surface.
•Surround the trampoline with impact absorbing material such as bark or mulch tested to AS/NZS4422 Playground Surfacing.
•Only one user on the trampoline at a time.
•Supervise children using the trampoline at all times.
•AS 4989 states that trampolines are not recommended for children under six years of age.
•Show your child the correct use of the trampoline by teaching safe usage practices.

Do you have strict rules for the kids when using any backyard play equipment?

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  • your kids have to be aware of being safe on any play equipment and you should be watching them while they use it

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  • You can have injuries,my brother went to hospital after hitting his head when we were young!

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  • wow I wonder what parents would do if their kids had the old school trampolines that had no netting to protect kids from falling,and had those springs where you could easily get your fingers or worse still hair trapped in! we grew up with those sorts and we survived!!!

    We really do need to start applying some commonsense with everything, jumping on this “ban this because kids can be injured wagon” means we are wrapping our kids in cotton wool and not letting them learn and play and grow and make their own commonsense choices – yes kids are going to get hurt – we cannot protect them 24/7, they need freedom to create their own boundaries and learn for themselves what they are capable off – wrapping them in cotton wool is only beneficial to parents not the children!

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  • They say that kids spend too much time on devices and not enough time outside playing. Well stop banning things that never hurt us when we were kids, stop making backyards too small that you can’t have things outside for the kids to play on

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  • We have a trampoline for 7 years or so and never had any accidents so far. I like to watch my kids indeed and luckily can trust them to be careful.

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  • When I was a kid I kicked my sister in the face by accident on the trampoline and gave her a black eye. Good times. I’m stunned I’m still alive after the injuries I caused on that death trap. And they’re safe now yeah?

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  • Wrapping kids in cotton wool and shielding them from everything that might hurt them is not doing them any favours. Yes, teach them about how to stay safe with their various activities but also encourage them to try new things. Yes, by all means supervise at first but encourage them to think before acting. They need to learn to think for themselves and work out what might hurt them. If the trampoline doesn’t hurt or kill them, there are thousands of other (often innocent looking) situations that could. It is a sad fact that an injury often teaches far better than a thousand words.

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  • They worry me a bit, too. Not sure bout a ban, though.

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  • We had a trampoline and I would always stand in front of it to supervise the kids while they were on it. None of my boys injured themselves on it. I don’t really like trampolines though and we no longer have one in our yard.

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  • We never had a trampoline, but I saw so many injuries happening at my neighbour’s house that I don’t think I would want one in my garden.

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