Warning to parents over trampoline centres as school holidays approach.
Kidsafe Queensland told The Courier Mail the indoor trampoline parks that had become very popular in recent years were a hotspot for injuries and there was a need for better supervision.
Ambulance Service senior operations supervisor for the Gold Coast Pat Berry also told the Courier Mail injuries at trampoline centres could be life-changing – and “we’re not trying to be the fun police but there are some real issues here”.
“Some of these injuries at these centres can be … permanent injuries,” Mr Berry said.
Kidsafe Queensland CEO Susan Teerds said the trampoline parks needed supervision.
“There needs to be rules and procedures and there needs to be supervision,” she said.
Queensland Ambulance Service revealed it had been called 66 times to the Air Factory Trampoline Park on the Gold Coast in just over a year.
55 children were transported to hospital by the ambulances that attended the centre. The figures do not take into account cases where families transported their children to hospital themselves, or incidents not deemed serious enough for an ambulance.
Heading the injury list were fractures, which totalled 24, followed by eight dislocations.
Management at Air Factory issued a statement in which a spokesman said they treated safety “very seriously”.
“We do everything within reason to minimise the inherent risks involved with trampolining,” the statement said. “We are one of only six compliant members of the Australian Trampoline Parks Association and are independently audited for compliance to industry safety codes.”
The statement said their records showed fewer injuries occurred in trampolining than in rugby, soccer or netball.
“We constantly strive to do everything possible to deliver a fun and safe environment,” the spokesman said.
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