Number of injuries from trampolines has reduced

A&E staff now bracing themselves for ice-skating injuries

The number of trampoline injuries has reduced in recent years as the novelty of the device has waned, according to accident and emergency staff.

Consultant Mark Doyle, president of the Irish Association for Emergency Medicine, said trampoline injuries had become less of a problem, but bouncy castles were still causing injuries.

“For a while there, we were seeing quite a lot of injuries from trampolines,” he said.

“It was more about falls on the trampoline, rather than falls off it. We still get the odd trickle of cases, but nothing like it was in the past.”


One study carried out at Waterford Regional Hospital over a six-month period in 2005 found injuries to 88 children that needed orthopaedic specialist treatment.

Some 35 per cent of injuries recorded related to other people being on the trampoline at the same time.

Mr Doyle said injuries from bouncy castles tended to peak around the First Holy Communion season in May.

A&E department staff are bracing themselves for an increase in injuries arising from the ice-skating season.

Alison Healy

Alison Healy

Alison Healy is a contributor to The Irish Times