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

Eager, David B., Scarrott, Carl, Nixon, Jim and Alexander, Keith (2013) Injury survey of a non-traditional "soft-edged' trampoline designed to lower equipment hazards. International Journal of Injury Control and Safety Promotion, 20 1: 42-49. doi:10.1080/17457300.2012.674041

Author Eager, David B.
Scarrott, Carl
Nixon, Jim
Alexander, Keith
Title Injury survey of a non-traditional "soft-edged' trampoline designed to lower equipment hazards
Journal name International Journal of Injury Control and Safety Promotion   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1745-7300
Publication date 2013-03-01
Year available 2012
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/17457300.2012.674041
Open Access Status
Volume 20
Issue 1
Start page 42
End page 49
Total pages 8
Place of publication Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Language eng
Abstract 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.
Keyword Trampoline
Trampoline safety
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online ahead of print 4 April 2012.

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