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PippaFawcett Tue 14-Mar-17 23:16:19

There is one in Milton Keynes that the DC have been asking to go to and DS has got a party coming up at one, but this story today has made me worry.

www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-39266683

Anyone else concerned, or should I just think that everything comes with risks?

JonesyAndTheSalad Tue 14-Mar-17 23:21:55

YANBU. I don't go to them with my children and my DH agrees with me.

Life does include a modicum of risk...there's always something which might harm us and we can't hide from it all but going to a place where accidents are happening that often is just foolish.

It's similar to skateboarding. I don't encourage my children to do that either.

I let them walk to the shops alone...to play outside etc...so I'm not over protective.

Micah Tue 14-Mar-17 23:29:34

Yanbu. Lethal places. And i say that as a trampoline coach.

user1479426600 Tue 14-Mar-17 23:38:55

The son of a close friend was paralysed from the neck down due to falling awkwardly on a trampoline. He wasn't messing about, and was the only one on the trampoline, but it still happened. I had heard about accidents with trampolines, but seeing it happen to a friend, and at such a young age has convinced me that trampolines are way too dangerous to be seen as a playtoy.

PippaFawcett Wed 15-Mar-17 09:31:42

Oh my goodness, User! I must admit that is the kind of accident that is in the back of my mind.

I know the garden trampolines have a lot of accidents - my mum popped her knee out on one of them - but the number of emergency call outs in the BBC link was quite shocking.

Strifae64 Wed 15-Mar-17 11:39:01

I was doing Trampolining for fitness and I am a "responsible adult", I fell awkwardly on my shoulder and my arm was in agony for days and days - I had torn a ligament and was on prescription painkillers. The GP said there was a possibility I had done permanent damage which thankfully hasn't happened.

They are fun but can be very dangerous, I am not surprised about someone breaking their neck. The forces involved especially from height... if you landed awkwardly

wickerlampshade Wed 15-Mar-17 11:40:12

I've been to several and the safety is variable - I will only take my kids back to the ones where I think the staff are good.

BadTasteFlump Wed 15-Mar-17 11:42:50

YANBU - our local one doesn't have the best reputation but it doesn't seem to stop other mums arranging birthday parties there. I am not a popular mum atm...

I don't like, and refuse to have, a garden trampoline either. A friend of mine works in A&E and the stories she tells me has put me off trampolines for life.

TheCakes Wed 15-Mar-17 11:46:04

I've got a wonky arm from trampolining. I dislocated my elbow and it won't straighten fully. I don't really care if that outs me 😛

JennyOnAPlate Wed 15-Mar-17 11:58:51

I know a few trampoline coaches (my dc go to classes) and they don't let their own children go near trampoline parks.

My dc have been a couple of times to parties but I'm not 100% comfortable with it. Dh thinks I'm being daft though hmm

Bantanddec Wed 15-Mar-17 12:16:42

Don't let them go then

yecartmannew Wed 15-Mar-17 12:28:14

Personally i would let them go, but I would do that in full awareness that there are risks.

My kids also went horse riding (probably even more dangerous, I fracutured my pelvis once), rock climbing, skateboard/rollerskating and swimming in the sea.

Our family mantra was always "you might get hurt (sometimes adding in specifics), do you still want to go?"

StarUtopia Wed 15-Mar-17 12:33:24

I'm here with a broken leg thanks to going there. I wasn't even trampolining.

Their first aid was none existent and the staff were more interested in being on their mobile phones. I had to wait 5 minutes until they realised.

Avoid!

Astoria7974 Wed 15-Mar-17 12:36:00

The one in MK is the olympic trampolining park, I believe. Have sent my kids there via school. They take safety really seriously.

PinkFlamingo545 Wed 15-Mar-17 13:10:57

I wouldn't let my kids on them

Gumbo Wed 15-Mar-17 13:18:33

DH broke his foot when he went to one with DS. A&E said there'd been a steady stream of people coming in with broken bones every single day since it had opened!!!

user1488622841 Wed 15-Mar-17 13:20:39

I am interested in this thread as my 7 yr old is supposed to be going to one of these with beavers.

I wonder how the stats break down between adults who hurt themselves and children.

SpillMill Wed 15-Mar-17 13:28:27

I am also worried a bout sending the DC there. Theyreally want to go, but are only age 6 and 7. I am not too sure.

mando12345 Wed 15-Mar-17 13:29:00

I worked in a nursery for 12 years and we had a surprising number of children with broken bones due to trampolining accidents! I was quite shocked at the amount of children.

BadTasteFlump Wed 15-Mar-17 13:30:52

I am interested in this thread as my 7 yr old is supposed to be going to one of these with beavers

I'm surprised the Beavers would risk it! Although I would imagine they will be super hot on supervision and safety, so if you are letting your DC go, it's probably the safest way for them to.

AlexanderHamilton Wed 15-Mar-17 13:34:31

The one in the article is my local one. A friend who is a nurse at our local hospital had already told me that if people knew just how many admissions they had each week from injuries sustained even though the people concerned were following the safety rules the public would be appalled. Her own daughter was supposed to go on a school trip there but she was unable to go due to a pre existing injury/condition. The class teacher came back with a broken bone.

The one in Chester also mentioned is one where dd's friends often go & is part of the same franchise.

No way are my kids ever going there.

Kiroro Wed 15-Mar-17 13:37:16

How is this news? Everyone knows (or should know) that trampolining is not a risk-free activity.

I am willing to put huge amounts of money that the rate of accidents is much higher for a jump park than for both sport and tandem skydiving per 1000 people.

WingMirrorSpider Wed 15-Mar-17 13:37:50

We went to a newly opened one last summer. As we were walking in, someone was being stretchered out and into an ambulance.

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Wed 15-Mar-17 13:39:02

I'm too lazy to do the maths but 17 call outs in 100 days when they have 200,000 jumpers a year doesn't seem that high?

AlexanderHamilton Wed 15-Mar-17 13:39:39

I don't think everyone does know. And certainly these flip out fun trampoline parks appear to carry much higher risks than supervised classes.

3 broken backs in one day at Chester.

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