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New Study Shows Pads and Enclosures on Traditional Trampolines Are Not Effective at Reducing Injury

July 10, 2012

Published Findings Reinforce that Trampoline Injuries Are Significantly Reduced Through Safe Design

SYDNEY, July 10, 2012 /CNW/ – An independent study published in the Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, reports that trampoline injuries can be reduced by 30-80 percent
purely through product engineering and design. The study, led by Dr.
David Eager of the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), maintained
findings from an original pilot examination showing that pads and
netting enclosures are not successful at preventing trampoline
injuries. The implications of the pilot study warranted further
research on trampolines specifically designed to prevent injury. Dr.
Eager’s new follow-up study provides evidence that non-traditional
trampolines do in fact help reduce injuries caused by falling off or
impact with the frame and springs.

“These findings are the first to clearly demonstrate that it is possible
through good engineering to design a trampoline that significantly
reduces the magnitude and severity of trampoline-related injuries,”
said Dr. Eager.  “It is vital for all parents to understand that
“traditional” trampolines fitted with pads and netting enclosures do
not necessarily provide a safer jumping surface, however soft-edge
spring-free designs do, and they could help save thousands of children
from ending up in emergency rooms with injuries from these backyard

The study scrutinized data from 3,817 participants who own a “soft-edge”
Springfree Trampoline, as compared to data from the pilot study on “traditional” spring-based
trampolines. The study previously concluded that traditional trampoline
designs with padding and enclosures do not effectively reduce
injuries.  In this new study, Dr. Eager and his team found that
soft-edge trampoline designs reduce injuries to jumpers by 30-80
percent. This design significantly reduces two of the five main causes
of trampoline injuries: falling off, and impact with the frame, springs
or equipment. The other main causes of injury include multiple jumpers,
hurting one’s self, and getting on or off, all of which can only be
controlled by the user’s actions.

In the United States alone, 50 percent of trampoline injures are caused
by children falling off the equipment or coming into contact with the
frame and springs. According to Dr. Eager, injuries caused by falling
off and impact with the frame, springs or equipment are over
represented in the most severe injury categories, such as spinal and
head injuries.

“We now have evidence that shows the most serious injuries can be
eliminated through good engineering design.” said Dr. Eager.

The International Trampoline Industry Association reports that
approximately 900,000 trampolines were sold in the U.S. in 2010, with
nearly 4.5 million sold in the last five years. Based on this data, Dr.
Eager expressed concern that traditional trampolines are a huge source
of potential danger to children being sold under the false pretense of
safety, and should be replaced with “soft-edge” spring-free designs. He
also advocated for further regulations and standards to ensure injury
prevention on trampolines, as current trampoline safety standards in
the U.S. and Australia do not prevent the sale of dangerous products or
their use by children.

To learn more about the study, please visit the Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1440-1754.2012.02426.x/abstract

SOURCE SpringFree Trampoline

Image with caption: “How safe is your trampoline? This graphic explains the risk of head injuries caused by traditional trampolines and how Springfree Trampoline’s design reduces head injuries. All parents want their kids to have fun, but it should never come at the cost of safety. (CNW Group/SpringFree Trampoline)”. Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120710_C7211_PHOTO_EN_16141.jpg

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