The Australian Trampoline Park Association welcomes the study released today in the Journal of Injury Prevention and will continue to build on our strong working relationship with researchers from Neuroscience Research Australia and the Sydney Children’s Hospital and with Standards Australia.
The ATPA initiated the relationship with the researchers in early 2015 to work towards robust safety guidelines for the Trampoline Park industry. While the percentage of injuries is small, less than two significant injuries per 10,000 jumpers, we are working to write safety guidelines to better inform jumpers and mitigate injuries.
The ATPA as an industry group will continue to review our efforts and work together with relevant authorities to make sure we are pursuing improved safety standards for our members and more broadly for the industry.
International Association of Trampoline Parks (IATP) Statement in Response to The American Academy of Pediatrics’ Trampoline Park and Home Trampoline Injury Study
The International Association of Trampoline Parks (IATP) welcomes studies like the one published this week by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Such studies provide a deeper understanding of safety issues and provide data on our sport allowing us to better educate parents, jumpers and parks so all can fully enjoy indoor trampoline park facilities.
Over the last year alone, it is estimated that more than 50 million people visited trampoline parks in North America.
If the AAP study reported Trampoline Park Injuries (TPIs) as a percentage, rather than a total, a more accurate industry picture would develop. As a point of reference, high school football players experience injuries at a rate of 3.87 per 1,000 exposures. The rate of reportable injury at a typical trampoline park is less than one per 10,000 jumpers. Therefore, the rate at which injuries occur is a much more meaningful statistic than total number of injuries.
With industry growth from 25 parks in 2010 to more than 350 in 2014, there would naturally be an increase in the number of TPIs reported from 2010 to 2014.
The IATP agrees that trampoline jumping is best enjoyed when appropriate safety measures are in place. Like AAP, we advocate supervision and protective padding. In addition, IATP supports the ASTM International Standard for Trampoline Courts which includes: rigorous manufacturing and design criteria, monitoring courts, redundant netting, training and providing patron education.
We believe that the positives of youth recreational sports far outweigh the negatives and we are actively engaged in programs aimed at promoting the safety and well-being of jumpers who visit our member parks.
We agree with researchers that safety is always a priority. The IATP encourages and supports more investigation into strategies to prevent injury, not just at trampoline parks, but also at home where guidelines for trampolines are neither as rigid nor effective as those in parks where activities are organized and supervised.
Founded in 2012, the International Association of Trampoline Parks (IATP) is dedicated to serving the interests of its membership and educating the trampoline park industry by promoting safe operations, facilitating commercial success and stimulating growth of the trampoline park industry. The IATP is the trampoline park industry’s most ardent safety and injury prevention advocate. We closely monitor sports medicine, fitness and injury reporting and use it in a deliberate approach to the development of consensus safety standards for our members and for our industry.
Bethany Evans, Executive VP
The Australian Trampoline Parks Association (ATPA) is an industry-led organisation run by operators who advocate for safety and regulation in the indoor trampoline park industry.
The ATPA was founded with the key focus of writing a Standard for our industry and we are delighted that Standards Australia established SF-051, the Trampoline Park Committee, in May 2015. The ATPA has a seat on that committee and we are working with safety regulators, Kidsafe groups, trampoline manufacturers and hospital researchers to write the first draft of the Standard which we hope to be published by early 2018.
The ATPA has strict entry requirements and all members complete an independent audit to ensure they comply with our Code of Practice. 16 trampoline parks are accredited ATPA members, from more than 80 parks nationwide.
We hope to encourage all trampoline parks to strive for the highest levels of safety and join our association.