A woman has suffered permanent injuries to her leg and knees after an accident at a trampoline park.
Katie Mamone, 27, an employee at Kidzplay, was attending the Oxygen Freejumping Trampoline Park, in Southampton, on her birthday.
Leg buckled at busy park
She claims the park was busy with “people everywhere” and “little order to anything”. As she went to jump, another person moved in her way. She tried to avoid the person and ended up falling awkwardly.
The mum of one quickly realised she couldn’t move her leg. The fall caused six torn muscles, two ripped ligaments and loose cartilage in her leg.
Since the accident, she has had a number of operations, including having six pins installed in her leg and months of physiotherapy. But a year on, she is still unable to walk without support and has been told she may never bend that knee again.
She needs to wear a surgically fitted brace on her leg for up to nine months and has been unable to work for almost a year.
Katie said: “I would like to warn others to be careful. If it looks busy, you are better off not going on or holding off until it is quieter. I wish I had done that.”
Rise in trampoline accidents
Dr Amir Qureshi, consultant knee and trauma surgeon at Southampton General Hospital, has warned of the rise in trampoline accidents.
He says that before 2010 there was one single reported trampoline injury. But since 2014, there have been more than 6,000.
Common injuries include people damaging their necks, spines, legs, arms and elbows. They are usually caused by somersaults and flipping.
He added: “I am not saying they need to shut down all the trampoline parks but people need to realise the dangers. I think there should be closer supervision.”
Trampoline park regulations were introduced last month.
Stephen Wilson, Oxygen’s executive director, said: “We take great pride in practising the highest levels of health and safety. On the date of this accident we were well within our capacity, with numerous court monitors on site, well in excess of the nationally accepted ratio.
“Our investigations and the witness statements confirmed that it was simply an unfortunate innocuous incident that occurred when jumping from one trampoline to another and landing awkwardly, no other jumpers were involved.”
Source: Bournemouth Echo
Date Published: May 1, 2017
Author: Jonathan Brown