Trampolining parks are springing up all over the country. Four years ago there were none, and now there are over 100 in the UK. Since our local trampolining centre opened, I have seen a surge of adults and kids seeking osteopathy treatment for a range of trampolining injuries.
I visited our local trampolining centre over the Easter holidays with my kids. It was great fun for the whole family and a good chance to do some exercise. However, it made me realise how easy it is to twist or sprain various parts your body – particularly for parents who are trying to keep up with their kids!
Aside from minor twists and sprains, there is of course the risk of more serious injuries including fractures, dislocations and spinal injury. I don’t tend to see these in my practice, but they are increasingly being seen in A&E (source).
How to Avoid Trampolining Injuries and Have Fun!
- Pay attention to the safety video shown at most trampoline parks before your bouncing session, and ensure any children do the same.
- Take turns on the trampoline (60% of injuries occur when more than one person is bouncing).
- Join a trampolining club to get some professional coaching before attempting somersaults or more complicated moves.
- Always supervise children on the trampoline.
- Act your age! Bounce like a 20, 30, 40 or 50 year old and don’t worry if you can’t keep up with the kids. Children are naturally more bendy.
- Never combine alcohol or drugs with trampolining.
- If buying a trampoline for your garden, look for one with safety pads that cover the springs and netting around the edge.
Emma Lipson is Principal Osteopath at Feel Better Osteopathy in Warwick, Warwickshire.