“Regulation of activities such as this, or indeed anything that has potential to cause injury, is always a good thing. Trampoline parks have become increasingly popular over the last couple of years, and most of them seem to be well run and maintained.
However, any measures that can stop unscrupulous traders from setting up facilities without proper safety just to earn a quick buck should be implemented.
I note though that 63% of the recorded accidents are attributed to “bad landings”. No amount of regulation or safety measures can prevent such injuries. Accidents are inevitable when children are jumping around energetically. Other than providing adequate padding, there is not much else the trampoline parks can do.
Kids will be kids as they say!”
Children are suffering worse injuries at public trampoline parks than when using trampolines in private gardens, a hospital audit has found. In 2017, ambulances were called out to 1,181 incidents at trampoline parks across England - more than three a day. Sheffield Children's Hospital said its own audit found children hurt at parks required "more treatment" than those injured on home equipment. An industry body said it would "not be averse" to regulation of the sector. There are no safety regulations specifically aimed at trampoline parks, but a voluntary standard was published in 2017. The number of parks in the UK has grown from three in 2014 to about 200, with the International Association of Trampoline Parks (IATP) estimating the number of users at 15 million a year.