Top Tips To Prevent Trampoline Injuries For Tamariki

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Playing on the trampoline is an iconic pastime for kids in Aotearoa, but a jump on the tramp too often ends with an injury.

ACC is here to help prevent injuries and, if an injury does occur anywhere in Aotearoa, to provide support for the injured person until they can get back to everyday life.

In 2020, ACC accepted claims for 12,669 trampoline-related injuries – so they’re keen to help your tamariki play safe when they’re having fun on trampolines.

“We want whānau all over Aotearoa to have fun, enjoy their time together, and to play safely on their trampolines without injury.”
– ACC Injury Prevention Leader Kirsten Malpas

Winnie’s story

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Te Atatu mum, Andrea Fountain, knew something was up when her 13-month-old daughter Winnie wouldn’t take her bottle.

Moments before the accident in 2018, Winnie and older brother Waimana (24 months) had been playing on their trampoline when a sibling-rumble kicked off.

“Like a typical older brother, Waimana wanted his sister off the tramp and gave her a good push through the flaps,” says Andrea. “Winnie has a real death grip and she held onto the netting for dear life before she fell, and the force broke her collarbone.”

Andrea had her hands full. She was home alone with two young kids and she can still remember the stress and drama the accident caused.

“It was pretty stressful. Winnie was screaming and in a lot of pain and she wouldn’t stop crying. I gave her a bottle to settle her down, but she couldn’t drink it because she couldn’t lift her arm. I knew then it was serious, and her arm was broken.”

Winnie had x-rays at A&E which confirmed the fracture. They were told that it would take up to six weeks for her collarbone to heal. ACC covered all of her medical expenses to help her rehabilitation.

Andrea recalls that caring for an injured child was not easy, especially when they’re so young and you’re trying to get them dressed, bathed, and fed.

Andrea, who grew up on trampolines herself, said her family are more safety-conscious following Winnie’s injury.

Top tips for using trampolines safely

  • Actively supervise tamariki.
  • Reinforce safety rules, including only one person using the trampoline at a time and no one underneath.
  • Ensure the trampoline meets the New Zealand or Australian safety standard. The New Zealand standard is NZS 5855:1997 (Consumer safety specification for components, assembly, and use of a trampoline).
  • Follow manufacturer’s guidelines for assembly, positioning, maintenance, and use.
  • Ensure pads and nets are correctly installed.
  • Always use safety pads on exposed springs and metal frames.
  • Regularly inspect and maintain the trampoline, and replace damaged parts.
  • Don’t use water, detergent, or other objects on the trampoline.
  • If you can, purchase a trampoline that has safety nets, pads, and zips.

Find out more about how ACC can support you and your whānau following an injury at home, at work or in the community here.

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