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Sunday 18 February 2018

Injuries from trampolines and bouncy castles 'filling up A&Es'

Catherine Devine

Catherine Devine

Preventable trampoline and bouncy castle injuries are 'filling up emergency departments' across the country as the weather improves.

The Irish Association for Emergency Medicine (IAEM) said that the number of trampoline injuries is increasing every year.

IAEM has called on parents to take precautions to prevent accidents, as over 60pc of accidents on trampolines occur when children are unsupervised.

They advised that only one child be on the trampoline at a time but if more than one is present they should be the same size and weight to prevent accidents.

They also suggested that trampolines be surrounded by a safety net and that adults should never use trampolines when under the influence of alcohol.

Vhi SwiftCare Clinics said they treated over 200 bounce-related injuries last summer.

Last May alone they treated 63 bounce-related breaks and sprains, 60pc occurred during trampolining and 40pc occurred on a bouncy castle.

Dr Brian Gaffney, Medical Director of Vhi SwiftCare Clinics said: “May is typically when we start to see injuries of this kind. While the weather tends to be warmer in May, it can also be showery which can make trampolines and bouncy castles particularly slippy and dangerous.”

People aged between 11 and 21 were more likely to have trampoline injuries with 57pc of the injuries while almost 40pc of the bounce injuries occurred in patients under the age of 10.

The youngest injured bouncer treated in the Vhi SwiftCare Clinics was 32-months-old while the oldest was 53-years-old.

Girls were slightly more likely to injure themselves than boys.

Over two-thirds of the bad bounces resulted in a break rather than a sprain.

Overall, lower limbs such as legs, ankles and feet were much more likely to be injured, accounting for 57pc of the bounce-related injuries treated in May 2014.

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