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Trampoline injuries bounce up in spring

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 9/06/2016

Spring may be the season for love, but new research says it's also the season for trampoline accidents.

A new study published in the New Zealand Medical Journal has found children's trampoline injuries soar as the weather warms up in October, prompting researchers to call for better-timed safety messages.

Looking at more than 300 trampoline-related hospital admissions from 2000 to 2015, the Middlemore Hospital study found on average more than a quarter of annual injuries happened in just October and November.

The 51 injuries reported in October alone trumped even the figures for the warmer summer months.

That's prompted the researchers to call for more targeted safety campaigns in the lead-up to spring.

They say the coincidence of the accidents with Daylight Savings would make it easy to co-ordinate safety messages around those reminding people to change their clocks.

The study, using hospital data, also found that children between five and nine were the most prone to injury among those under 14, making up nearly half of hospital admissions, while their breakdown on injuries found nearly half were fractures and head injuries made up less than 1 per cent.

The New Zealand Injury Prevention Research Unit claims there were more than 1500 children's trampoline-related hospital admissions in New Zealand between 2007 and 2012.

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