Although with proper supervision and well-trained staff trampoline parks are generally quite safe places to be, it is still true that accidents can happen there and injuries can be sustained. One of the more common injuries sustained at trampoline parks is concussion. Here we look at what concussion is and why trampoline park concussions are relatively common.
What is concussion?
Although concussion is technically a brain injury, it is also the least serious and most common form of brain injury. Caused by a blow to the head, concussion can cause a loss of consciousness, problems with eyesight such as blurred vision or ‘seeing stars’, temporary memory loss, and a general state of confusion.
Concussion usually passes within 24 hours, but it is always best to be on the safe side and seek medical attention if you or your child has suffered a blow to the head and is feeling or acting differently than usual. A respectable trampoline park should have trained first aid staff on the premises to deal with trampoline park concussions, but many people will visit A&E to be on the safe side after suffering such an injury.
Why do trampoline park concussions happen?
When people are bouncing around on trampolines, it is not difficult to lose your balance and crash into someone else, especially if the trampoline is quite crowded. Such collisions often result in people banging their heads together which can result in concussion for one or both parties. This is one of the reasons why trampoline parks are supposed to set limits as to how many people can be on a trampoline at any one time, and allowing too many people on a trampoline at once can actually increase the chances of an accident.
Trampoline users can also suffer trampoline park concussions by falling off the trampoline onto the floor. Even when floors are padded or protected with a foam or rubber material, it is still possible to suffer a concussion if you hit your head on the floor.
Would you like to make a claim?
Accident Advice Helpline has heard from many people over the last 16 years and more who have suffered trampoline park concussions. Some of these injuries are caused by a lack of safety precautions on the part of management, meaning that negligence played a part in the injury.