Number of children being injured on trampolines has spiked 4% in a decade

Number of children breaking their bones because of trampolines has jumped by 70% in a decade ‘amid the rise of trendy indoor bounce houses’

  • Researchers blame the emergence of indoor trampoline parks for the trend
  • They said the risks of these ‘fun’ birthday party venues needs to be recognised
  • The risk of broken bones in these venues rose by 32% every year, study found

Almost twice as many children are now breaking their bones because of trampolines than they were a decade ago, figures show.  

Trampoline-related fractures accounted for 359 of every 10,000 fractures in children aged 17 and under in 2008. 

However, this number rose to 616 in 2017, according to figures analysed by experts at the Children’s Hospital Colorado.

Experts believe the rise in injuries is down to the ever-growing popularity of indoor trampoline parks, common party venues.

The number of children being injured on trampolines has spiked over a decade

The risk of broken bones at one of these venues or sport hub increased by 32 per cent every year since 2008, the study showed.

Often named ‘bounce houses’, there are typically up to 200 trampolines in a single warehouse. They can cost up to £10 ($12.90) an hour. 

Experts used data from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System to assess how many children suffered an injury after playing on a trampoline.

Dr Nancy Hadley Miller and colleagues will present their findings at a paediatrics conference in New Orleans. The results have not been published in a journal.

Research is needed to understand why the increase has occurred, the researchers admitted. 

But an ‘significant increase’ in the odds of a fracture occurring at a place of sport or recreation is thought to be the main reason.

The authors wrote in an abstract that the increase in fractures ‘coincided with a rise in popularity of trampoline parks’.

Study author Dr Hadley Miller said: ‘Historically, advocacy campaigns have focused on trampoline injuries in the home.

‘However, our study indicates future messages to parents and legislators should also focus on injuries that happen in these entertainment facilities and businesses outside of the home.

‘While trampolines are a great source of fun and exercise for children, the potential for injury, particularly in recreational areas with an underlying business incentive, needs to be recognised.’

More than half (56 per cent) of all fractures were in the arms or other areas in the upper half of the body.  

Researchers blame the emergence of indoor trampoline parks for the trend

Researchers blame the emergence of indoor trampoline parks for the trend

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents said it was ‘concerned’ about the US figures, but said the UK have different regulations for safety. 

A spokesperson told MailOnline: ‘Trampoline parks are fun activity and help get kids active but they are not without risk.

‘Like all businesses trampoline parks should comply with their legal duty of care to staff and customers.

‘We would expect any trampoline park to have a more detailed risk assessment for trampolining activities that takes into account the wide spectrum of their customers’ ages and abilities. 

‘As part of this, trampoline parks should acknowledge the inherent risks associated with their business.

‘We are concerned to hear about the accidents in trampoline parks in the US and hope that lessons are learnt and applied from this study.’  

In 2018, a hospital audit in England found ambulances were called out to three incidents at trampoline parks a day.

The NHS mainly treated broken bones, sprains, and ligament damage after 1,181 call outs, figures from the BBC revealed. 

A voluntary safety code was introduced in August by industry body the International Association of Trampoline Parks UK (IATP), British Standards and the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents.

This lays down minimum standards for design, construction and operation – but not all parks are members.

The findings of the study are being published at The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) 2019 National Conference and Exhibition in New Orleans. 


A dental nurse said she experienced the ‘worst pain’ of her life after she broke her back at a trampoline park.

Lucy Jones, 19, joined three friends for the post-Christmas get together at Flip Out Chester, which describes itself as ‘the world’s biggest and best trampoline theme park’, in January 2018.

Ms Jones, of Northop, Flintshire, North Wales, who said she planned to sue the park for negligence and breach of statutory duty, claims she was injured jumping from the four-metre Tower Jump into a foam pit.

Three other people also claim to have broken their backs on the jump. 

She said: ‘As I screamed in agony, my friends rushed over to help me. 

‘I landed in a seating position, as we’d been told to do. But, when I landed, I felt the worst pain I have ever been through in my whole life. For a while, I couldn’t breathe or feel anything,’ she said.

An X-ray revealed a fractured vertebra in her spine – a broken back. The next morning, Ms Jones needed a five-hour operation to fit rods into her back, enabling it to heal.

Ms Jones was eventually discharged from hospital after five days of rehabilitation.

‘That was probably the hardest time for me. I was trying to be positive, but I was basically housebound for four months,’ she said.

‘I became depressed and started thinking about how unfair it was what had happened to me.

‘It shouldn’t have happened, I shouldn’t have broken my back.’